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Re: Subscription Bargains Edwards, Mary (29 Nov 2007 21:30 UTC)

Re: Subscription Bargains Edwards, Mary 29 Nov 2007 21:30 UTC

Jamie,

I have just consolidated subscriptions after having handled over 300
individually for the past 2 years.  I must say that you need to factor
in your time to keep track of the subscriptions renewing at different
times, claiming each serial when it doesn't come in -- sometimes more
than once depending on how together the publisher is, and a myriad of
other tasks associated with managing them yourself.  Yes, you can get
some terrific deals, but I found handling them individually to be
incredibly time consuming -- to the detriment of the many other things I
needed to do.

It can be done -- just don't let the "deals" be your only concern.  Your
time is worth something too.

Kind Regards,

Mary E. Edwards
Director of Library Services
The Art Institute of California - Los Angeles
Argosy University
2900 31st Street
Santa Monica, CA  90405
310-314-6154 (tel.)
meedwards@aii.edu

-----Original Message-----
From: SERIALST: Serials in Libraries Discussion Forum
[mailto:SERIALST@LIST.UVM.EDU] On Behalf Of Hammond, Jaime
Sent: Thursday, November 29, 2007 12:32 PM
To: SERIALST@LIST.UVM.EDU
Subject: [SERIALST] Subscription Bargains

Hello,

I'm wondering if anyone does not use a subscription service and instead
subscribes to their journals individually. I realize the amount of work
involved in such an undertaking, but as my renewal notices are pouring
in, I can't help but notice the great deals we are missing by
subscribing annually, especially on the popular magazines like Sports
Illustrated.

I am, by nature, a bargain hunter so I'm finding this painful. Is it
totally unrealistic to "go it alone?"

Thank you,

Jaime Hammond

Jaime Hammond, MLS
Reference/Serials Librarian
Max R. Traurig LRC Library
Naugatuck Valley Community College
750 Chase Parkway
Waterbury, CT 06708-3089
Phone: (203) 575-8199
E-mail: jhammond@nvcc.commnet.edu

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