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Re: electronic only journal packages Hamaker, Charles (06 Nov 2007 13:39 UTC)

Re: electronic only journal packages Hamaker, Charles 06 Nov 2007 13:39 UTC

For us, vendors tracking contents of "packages" on our behalf is
critical to maintaining control for both pricing and bibliographic
continuity. So many publishers are trying to do one line invoices right
now that we need vendors to help us maintain accounting controls on such
lists.

As many of the packages are dependent for pricing on "subscription"
based data, tracking the journals moving in and out of a publisher's
list can be  critical. In our experience vendor services are basic to
maintaining such information.  It also means for example, that if a
title moves out of all "package" deals we can maintain the subscription
no matter where the title ends up.

We use several consortia, including the Carolina Consortium (North and
South Carolina) ASERL etc. and have had no problem in maintaining vendor
services through most of the deals we have though there are a few that
are publisher direct.

It's interesting to see how different libraries tackle these issues.

Thanks

Chuck Hamaker
Associate University Librarian Collections and Technical Services
Atkins Library
University of North Carolina Charlotte
Charlotte, NC 28223
phone 704 687-2825

-----Original Message-----
From: SERIALST: Serials in Libraries Discussion Forum
[mailto:SERIALST@LIST.UVM.EDU] On Behalf Of Howlett, Lee Ann
Sent: Monday, November 05, 2007 4:29 PM
To: SERIALST@LIST.UVM.EDU
Subject: Re: [SERIALST] electronic only journal packages

Since most of our large database packages are
part of consortia plans involving the other
state university libraries, we've found
that it's been easiest to have a 'point'
librarian who handles licensing agreements,
fees, etc.  We now have a librarian who
works for the Florida SUS system who
arranges trials, obtains pricing information,
etc.  This would be tricky through a vendor
since we don't all use the same one.

For smaller packages such as the British Medical
Association database or the American Society for
Microbiology database, we do sometimes order
these through our vendor.

____________________________________
Lee Ann Howlett, MA, AHIP
Head, Serials Dept.
Shimberg Health Sciences Library
University of South Florida
12901 Bruce B. Downs Blvd., MDC 31
Tampa, FL  33612
(813) 974-9080
Fax (813) 974-7032
LHOWLETT@HEALTHLIB.USF.EDU

-----Original Message-----
From: SERIALST: Serials in Libraries Discussion Forum on behalf of
Hamaker, Charles
Sent: Mon 11/5/2007 4:02 PM
To: SERIALST@LIST.UVM.EDU
Subject: [SERIALST] electronic only journal packages

Our experience is that we can almost always get agents involved in
journal package deals. We condition most of our journal package
purchases by making sure that our vendor is part of the equation. There
is very little reason to give up the quality control an agent provides,
from our experience, and several reasons to include them.
And a couple of our "deals" are deals that our agent found and
negotiated.

Chuck Hamaker
Associate University Librarian Collections and Technical Services
Atkins Library
University of North Carolina Charlotte
Charlotte, NC 28223
phone 704 687-2825

-----Original Message-----
From: SERIALST: Serials in Libraries Discussion Forum
[mailto:SERIALST@LIST.UVM.EDU] On Behalf Of Howlett, Lee Ann
Sent: Monday, November 05, 2007 3:51 PM
To: SERIALST@LIST.UVM.EDU
Subject: Re: [SERIALST] [Fwd: Re: [SERIALST] Aggressive vendor, not
understanding a librarian's function]

I think the economy is part of the problem.
However, we have found that for our
electronic only journal packages, it's easier
for us to order directly from the publisher.
I've talked with a number of other librarians
who are doing the same.  This has to be
hurting journal vendors.  We only use
a vendor now for the small number of print
journals we subscribe to along with electronic
journals that are not part of any consortial
packages.

Having said this, it still makes no business
sense to insult and/or threaten librarians and
their libraries.

____________________________________
Lee Ann Howlett, MA, AHIP
Head, Serials Dept.
Shimberg Health Sciences Library
University of South Florida
12901 Bruce B. Downs Blvd., MDC 31
Tampa, FL  33612
(813) 974-9080
Fax (813) 974-7032
LHOWLETT@HEALTHLIB.USF.EDU