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Re: Help with serials valuation DuBose, Stefanie 14 Apr 2004 18:18 UTC

Hi Elaine,

Talk about a reason to not want to take vacation...we've not done that at
ECU since I've been here, but I would recommend taking the average price of
a journal from the disciplines and multiply by the number of titles you hold
in that subject.  Or perhaps you could take an average of prices in your
library for each area and multiply by the total number of titles.

I have my own question to you, and it's off the topic of serials (my
apologies): I have to turn in our insurance value on our collection, and
apparently we've always added just a percent increase each year.  It seems
that there should be a better way to do this, but I haven't had the time to
really look into it.  I'll most likely also post this question to the CDL

Good luck!


Stefanie DuBose
Head, Acquisitions
Joyner Library
East Carolina University
Greenville, NC 27258-4353

-----Original Message-----
From: Elaine Donnelly [mailto:edonnell@NGS.ORG]
Sent: Wednesday, April 14, 2004 11:55 AM
Subject: [SERIALST] Help with serials valuation

Dear Serialst-ers,

Today I returned to work after a couple of days off, and found that I have
been assigned to determine the replacement cost of our periodicals
collection by this Friday!  Has anyone done this for their collection
recently?  Is there a handy figure similar to the "standard replacement
cost of a book" that my colleague used to determine the replacement value
for our regular collection of books?

Obviously, this is a "quick and dirty" valuation, unlike the valuation of
our rare books collection, which took several years to complete.  Any
advice would be gratefully appreciated!

Elaine Donnelly, Librarian/Technical Services
National Geographic Society, Libraries & Information Services
1145 17th Street NW, Washington DC  20036-4688
202-857-7794 voice ; 202-429-5731 fax