Re: Postal Rates (per request from list member!) Hall, Tracie 29 Mar 2007 20:56 UTC

At the risk of revealing my ignorance, since you only got one
*intelligent* response I'll now add my hesitant 2 cents--but with the
disclaimer that I don't do much of our library's shipping and don't have
that new schedule of prices you mentioned having been handed.

My limited information is that the price for the first ounce goes up
from 39 cents to 41 cents (2 cents more)--the price for the additional
ounces drops from 24 to 17 cents (7 cents less) per ounce, so I'm
thinking (always dangerous for me as math is not my strong suit) that a
package that's 2 ounces was 63 cents and now it's 58 cents.  (Although,
I'm pretty sure our library is forced to round everything up to the
nearest pound, so no 58 cent packages for us--but still a pound is
cheaper than it used to be.)

Maybe vendors will be more inclined to send invoices with books, or push
to be able to bill for everything all at once rather than individually
to cut back on those one ounce mailers, but if I see fewer envelopes
cross my desk, I for one am a happy camper!

Thanks for reading,

Tracie Lynne Hall

Chapman University Law Library
Serials and Acquisitions Librarian
370 N. Glassell St.
Orange, CA 92866

(714)  628-2539
fax: (714) 628-2560

-----Original Message-----
From: SERIALST: Serials in Libraries Discussion Forum
[mailto:SERIALST@LIST.UVM.EDU] On Behalf Of Sarah D. Tusa
Sent: Thursday, March 29, 2007 11:37 AM
Subject: Re: [SERIALST] Postal Rates (per request from list member!)

Well, there was only one response, and I fear I have deleted after
reporting it to my Dean.  Maybe Mr. Robert Boissy of Springer will be
kind enough to copy his response to the list?  If I remember and
interpret correctly, Mr. Boissy was of the opinion that there will be no
onslaught of supplementary charges for 2007, but he wasn't sure what
would happen with newspaper subscriptions.

We will most probably see the effects of the postal rate increases in
our 2008 print subscription renewals.  As Mr. Boissy did point out, this
postal rate increase serves as another good reason to go electronic
where feasible.

Best of luck!


-----Original Message-----
From: Dyer, Sandra []
Sent: Thursday, March 29, 2007 1:22 PM
To: Sarah D. Tusa
Subject: FW: [SERIALST] Postal Rates

Please summarize for the list.

Thanks so much!


-----Original Message-----

From: SERIALST: Serials in Libraries Discussion Forum

[mailto:SERIALST@LIST.UVM.EDU] On Behalf Of Sarah D. Tusa

Sent: Tuesday, March 27, 2007 12:20 PM


Subject: [SERIALST] Postal Rates


The Dean of Library Services just brought me a big print-out of the new

postal rates that are going into effect on May 14, 2007.  That includes

Library Rate (as usual, I guess).  She wants me to be prepared to

discuss the impact of the increased rates with her tomorrow.

Has anyone seen any literature or news that indicates what effect the

higher rates will have on subscription costs?  Will there be reams of

supplemental invoices for "increased rate" for 2007 subscriptions that

have already been paid?  Will it increase the overall inflation rate for

2008?  (Is there an estimate for 2008 subscription price inflation?)

I imagine there will be increased shipping charges for books, but that's

easier to track and document.

Any shared insights will be greatly appreciated.  You may respond

directly to me at:

I will summarize for the list if there is expressed interest.


Sarah Tusa, Associate Professor

Coordinator of Coll. Dev. & Acquisitions

Mary & John Gray Library

Lamar University

Beaumont, TX

"I'm drowning here, and you're describing the water!"  -- Jack

Nicholson, in "As Good as It Gets"