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Re: Selling of Journals, Donations of Journals, mostly Jstor Koveleskie, Judith 25 Feb 2010 14:42 UTC

We listed a great number of older issues on BACKSERV a couple of years
ago and probably found homes for about 10%, including sales to 2 vendors
PSC and Arrow.  As time goes on, the market will probably decrease.   We
did this in the summer, so we had time for packing and shipping.  Maybe
not cost effective, but at least beautifully bound volumes didn't end up
in a landfill.

Judith A. Koveleskie, MLIS, MA
Periodicals Librarian
Seton Hill University
Reeves Memorial Library
1 Seton Hill Drive
Greensburg, PA 15601-1548
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-----Original Message-----
From: SERIALST: Serials in Libraries Discussion Forum
[] On Behalf Of Susan Zappen
Sent: Thursday, February 25, 2010 9:26 AM
Subject: Re: [SERIALST] Selling of Journals, Donations of Journals,
mostly Jstor

We found that the staff time needed to inventory and pack up material to
sell to a vendor far exceeded the amount we were paid. There is little
to no demand for these titles. Currently we place these volumes in a
recycle bin.

Susan Zappen
Associate College Librarian for Collections
Lucy Scribner Library
Skidmore College
815 North Broadway
Saratoga Springs NY 12866-1632
Phone: 518-580-5521
Fax:     518-580-5541
-----Original Message-----
From: SERIALST: Serials in Libraries Discussion Forum
[] On Behalf Of Ken Siegert
Sent: Wednesday, February 24, 2010 12:19 PM
Subject: [SERIALST] Selling of Journals, Donations of Journals, mostly


We are looking at *maybe* withdrawing large runs of journal material,
mostly duplicated on Jstor.  I have a few questions.

Has anyone had any luck in selling their old Jstor material?  Typically,
the Periodicals Service Company is the only company that is ever
interested in our material, although rarely in our Jstor material.

What about donating the material?  Is the shipping cost prohibitive?  I
know that some companies, like United States Book Exchange won't even
take Jstor titles.

When others have withdrawn their Jstor print collections, how have you
handled the process?  Have you done it all at once as a summer project,
pulled titles on an on-going basis?




Ken Siegert
Acquisitions Assistant
Electronic Resources & Periodicals / U.S. Documents
Shadek-Fackenthal Library
Franklin & Marshall College
P.O. Box 3003
Lancaster, PA  17604-3003

Phone -     (717) 291-4219
Fax -     (717) 291-4160