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Re: Serial Prices in AUS$ for 4 journals Blackwell, Lisa 16 Aug 2002 14:45 UTC

I'm not an Australian subscriber, but I think that librarians all over are
grappling with this issue. We utilize a large vendor for our smallish
collection (less than 300 titles.) I just discovered (today!) the reality
that if I subscribe through a vendor to a particular publisher's titles, I
will pay twice the price. I was shocked - it is the first time that I've
noticed such a huge price difference between direct/indirect subscriptions.
I am fortunate enough to have the ability to manage my collection on an
individual basis if necessary (although I've been willing to pay extra to
have the convenience of a vendor managing the subscriptions.) My advice to
you is to check the publisher's website for the few titles on your list and
compare it to that of the price listing for whichever vendor you choose.
Once you get a feel for which, if any, of the publishers are likely to go
this route it will help you to decide how to handle those subscriptions.
Incidentally, my vendor was completely upfront about advising me to work
with that publisher directly so you might also ask the vendors you are
considering about their experiences with particular publishers. If you would
like specific publisher/vendor info, please contact me directly.

Lisa S. Blackwell, MLS
Assistant Librarian
Children's Hospital Library
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Columbus, Ohio 43205
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        -----Original Message-----
        From:   Sharon Diehm [SMTP:Diehm.SharonL@POLICE.QLD.GOV.AU]
        Sent:   Thursday, August 15, 2002 11:11 PM
        Subject:        Serial Prices in AUS$ for 4 journals


        I am new to the list and my name is Sharon Diehm. I work at the
Queensland Police Academy Library in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. I have
been doing the serials/media position here for three years.

        I need help from the Australian Subcribers to the list for prices
for the following titles:

        1. Journal of Adult and Community Education
        2. Journal of Learning Environments
        3. Journal of Distance Education
        4. Journal of Management Education

        Could you specify which subscription agent you use and the terms of
subscription. For example to you renew annually, Biannually or Triannually.
Do any of you that subscribe direct find that it is cheeper or more

        I would be greatful for any replies.


        Sharon Diehm
        Media & Serials Technician

        Sharon Diehm
        Media & Serials Technician
        Information Resource Centre
        Queensland Police Services Academy
        PO Box 1110
        Archerfield  Qld  4108

        PH: 07 3246 8218
        FX: 07 3246 8251


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