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Re: Electronic sample issues Bill Cohen (17 Nov 2007 21:47 UTC)

Re: Electronic sample issues Bill Cohen 17 Nov 2007 21:47 UTC

E. Gaele Gillespie has provides an encyclopedic array of
information pertaining to electronic sample copies of journals.

Congratulations are in order for this elegant

One librarian has also noted that  serials /cataloging/ information
would also be welcomed within a sample journal copy.

Could readers comment on that final suggestion?

With kind regards,


Bill Cohen, /Publisher  /
The Haworth Press
[Taylor & Francis Group]

Gillespie, E Gaele wrote:
> In response to Bill Cohen, Haworth Press, asking what librarians think
> of "electronic" sample copies:
> I'm not speaking for all librarians, of course, but I and many of my
> colleagues are not wild about receiving even more of what could be
> considered junk or spam e-mail. Unsolicited "electronic" sample issues
> would be as unwelcome as printed ones. We're getting increasing amounts
> of electronic (email) advertisements for various publications, and while
> I may forward one or two to certain subject specialists, I have found
> over time that most advertisements have been mass-emailed, and so I
> usually delete them. As for sample issues, it's increasingly common for
> librarians and/or teaching faculty and students who are interested in a
> journal to go out and "Google" the title (if they know it) or the
> publisher's web site, and then get to the information they about a
> journal need that way (and they do often forward information to us with
> a request to order the journal). The most useful publisher's web sites
> are the ones that have an A-Z browse by journal title in addition to a
> list of journals by subject (especially large publishers with scores of
> titles), and which contain information "about" the journal, the ISSN,
> all available format and pricing options, whether a license (or "terms &
> conditions of use") is required for online access (and then either cite
> a link where the license/terms can be found or how a copy may be
> obtained), and complete contact information (names, e-addresses and
> phone numbers) in case more information is needed/wanted. The increasing
> web presence of publishers' web sites which contain useful, complete,
> **current** information about each journal they offer, is a boon for
> anyone looking for information about journals. Offering to provide a
> free "electronic" sample copy or a free printed sample copy only upon
> request seems the enlighted way to operate.
> E. Gaele Gillespie
> Serials Librarian
> Serials/Retrieval Services Dept.
> University of Kansas Libraries
> Watson Library
> 1425 Jayhawk Blvd Rm 210 S
> Lawrence, KS  66045-7544
> Ph:  785-864-3051
> Fax: 785-864-3855 (to my attention)
> E-mail:
> -------------------------------
> 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
> 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]