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Re: Claiming statistics? (Carol Feustel) SERIALST 18 Jun 2002 21:07 UTC

Date: Tue, 18 Jun 2002 14:16:44 -0400
From: "Feustel, Carol" <FEUSTECS@UCMAIL.UC.EDU>
Subject: RE: Claiming statistics?

LIST.  We don't have the staff, time or money to mess around with them.

If you think we claim for the fun of it you are sorely mistaken.   Come to
the library and listen to the faculty yell when their favorite item isn't
here!  They don't understand the nonsense many of you publishers put us

Here's a true story:  all last year I did not receive a monthly journal.  I
claimed it repeatedly with no response at all from the publisher.  As we do
not bind this particular journal, I instructed our vendor to request a
refund for 2001.  NOW, in June 2002, the publisher tells the vendor there
was a "balance due" on our account and that is why we didn't get our issues
last year.  The publisher couldn't tell us that last year??  Occurrences
such as this reinforce to librarians the suspicion that too many claims are
dumped in the trash.

We've just discussed on VetLIB that far too many of us haven't received the
Jan 2002 issue of Veterinary Pathology, yet have not received a response
from the publisher (I've claimed it twice).  Hopefully the American College
of Veterinary Pathologists won't decide we're all lying and just want our
own personal copy for some bazaar reason.

I try to run claims on a regular basis, but it doesn't seem to matter.  I'll
be told an issue isn't published when the issues after it are already
received.   I've been told issues were combined when they weren't (I had to
fax a copy of the issue to the vendor so they could prove it to the
publisher!).  You say it's far too late to claim an issue, yet I've been
placing claims for this issue months!

Tell us THE TRUTH with the first claim.  Sit up and take notice if there's a
second claim.  A problem needs immediate attention!

Carol Feustel

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