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Newspapers, etc. Thank you! BORCHERT, JAMES 23 Mar 2005 14:44 UTC

Thank you to everyone who shared their experiences and offered their
suggestions.  I learned that we are most definitely not the only library
that has these problems. Unfortunately, we have no news kiosks; our
campus bookstore doesn't carry the titles we need and the only Borders
we have is on the other side of the state. I contacted Barnes and Noble
(only an hour away!), but they do not distribute newspapers either.

Perhaps there is more we can do in negotiating contracts with
subscription vendors because while the actual problem lies with them or
the publishers, we [libraries] are blamed by the patron for not
providing the newspapers in a timely manner.  This is something we
definitely do not need as libraries are seemingly becoming less popular
anyway and we are trying to make ourselves more attractive to increase
our gate counts.

Thanks again for all of your comments!


James Borchert
Serials Department
H.M. Briggs Library
Box 2115
South Dakota State University
Brookings, SD 57007-1098