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Re: subscription agent service fees question Polakowski, Elizabeth J. 24 Jun 2005 13:46 UTC

The mix of your journals makes a difference as to the service fee.  I don't
believe we are permitted to quote our current service fee in public.
Faxon/divine had been charging us under 4% a few years ago but that shot up
significantly when we had to find a new vendor.

When we were getting bids, one prominent vendor's quote was for 17%.
Clearly they charge much less for other collections.  We went with another
vendor who was more reasonable.  My advice is to get more than one bid.

Betsy Polakowski
Serials/Technical Services Librarian
Archbishop Ireland Memorial Library
University of St. Thomas
2260 Summit Ave.
St. Paul, MN 55105

-----Original Message-----
From: Henrietta Angus [mailto:Angus@RMU.EDU]
Sent: Friday, June 24, 2005 7:04 AM
Subject: Re: [SERIALST] subscription agent service fees question

We are a medium sized academic with 570 current titles.  We have a 2%
service fee with Ebsco

Henrietta Angus
Head, Acquisitions Dept
Robert Morris University Library
6001 University Blvd
Moon Township PA 15108

>>> CreechA@CWU.EDU 06/23/05 6:12 PM >>>
I am trying to determine what a reasonable service fee would be for my
library's title mix.  Can anyone help me out with this?


Anna L. Creech, MLS
Serials & Electronic Resources Librarian
Central Washington University
Serials Department - Library
400 E. University Way
Ellensburg, WA  98926-7548
(509) 963-1718