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Re: Handling of Sample Issues Zac Rolnik (15 Nov 2007 20:59 UTC)

Re: Handling of Sample Issues Zac Rolnik 15 Nov 2007 20:59 UTC

This may seem like sacrilege to the publishers on this list, but I am
actually surprised that publishers send out unsolicited sample copies.  In
my more than 20 years of publishing, I have never sent an unsolicited sample
copy to a library. I have always been under the impression that if a library
were interested, or if a faculty member or student recommended a journal,
they would request a sample copy from the publisher or subscribe if there
were sufficient demand and budget.

Further to Bill's question, I do provide librarians with links to a free
"electronic" sample copy if requested or if I think there may be some
interest but not in any wholesale manner.  As a matter of fact, we no longer
send out print sample copies unless the print is explicitly requested.  If I
have been too modest in my distribution of unsolicited sample copies, please
let me know.

Thanks.

Zac

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-----Original Message-----
From: SERIALST: Serials in Libraries Discussion Forum
[mailto:SERIALST@LIST.UVM.EDU] On Behalf Of Bill Cohen
Sent: Thursday, November 15, 2007 11:33 AM
To: SERIALST@LIST.UVM.EDU
Subject: Re: [SERIALST] Handling of Sample Issues

What do librarians think of "electronic" sample copies?

- Bill

Bill Cohen, /Publisher  /
The Haworth Press
[Taylor & Francis Group]
www.HaworthPress.com

Pennington, Buddy D. wrote:
> When I started at UMKC, we had shelves and shelves of sample issues.
> I took a look at them and when I found single issues from the 1980s I
> decided to weed the whole bunch.  Just about everything went into the
> recycle pile.
>
> Now, we use our "samples" collection only as a means to identify
> potential gift subscriptions, title changes, or new titles that are
> included with another subscription.
>
> When the checkin assistant can't find a title it goes on a shelf.
> Once a week, I grab those and either create a "discard" checkin record
> (if the title does not look like it has much potential" or a "samples"
> checkin record.  We use Innovative and have templates set up so
> creating one of these records takes all of 30 seconds.  That way the
> checkin assistant then knows what to do with the next issue that
> arrives, if there is one. NOTE: we do not check any actual issues in.
> The checkins are basically blank records with a note that says to
> either stick the issue in samples or on the recycle pile.
>
> Once per year, we scan the samples shelf to see what can be tossed
> (single issues, etc.).  When we get enough issues of a title that we
> feel comfortable that it is something we will continue to get, I then
> take it to the subject selector to determine if it is a title worth
> adding or if the samples checkin for that title needs to become a
> discard checking.
>
>
>
> Buddy Pennington
> Serial Acquisitions Librarian
> University of Missouri - Kansas City
> University Libraries
> 800 East 51st Street
> Kansas City, MO  64110
> 816-235-1548
> 816-333-5584 (fax)
> penningtonb@umkc.edu
>
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: SERIALST: Serials in Libraries Discussion Forum
> [mailto:SERIALST@LIST.UVM.EDU] On Behalf Of Ann E Miller
> Sent: Thursday, November 15, 2007 8:20 AM
> To: SERIALST@LIST.UVM.EDU
> Subject: Re: [SERIALST] Handling of Sample Issues
>
> I would also be very interested in any responses as well.  We're
> struggling with the same "issue" over here at Duke.
>
> Ann
>
> **************************************************************
> Ann E. Miller
> Head, Electronic Resources & Serials Management Perkins Library
> Duke University                         "Changed  Priorities Ahead"
> Durham, NC  27708-0177                         Scottish Roadsign
> phone: 919.660.5855
> fax:919.668.3134
> email:ann.e.miller@duke.edu
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>
>
> "Janet L. Flowers" <jflowers@EMAIL.UNC.EDU> Sent by: "SERIALST:
> Serials in Libraries Discussion Forum"
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> 11/14/2007 09:06 PM
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> Colleagues
> We are looking to simplify or eliminate the steps related to sample
> issues that arrive unsolicited in our department.  So, I would be very
> interested to know how other --especially large research--libraries
>
> handle this issue.
> Thank you in advance for your perspectives.
> Sincerely,
> Janet
>
>

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