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Re: Returning to print? Tarabula, Jill M. 30 Mar 2011 14:18 UTC

There's always ILL...

As Rick said, you do what you have to do to best serve your patrons
given your situation.  We currently have access to a decent collection
of electronic resources because of our involvement in our state
university system and because of memberships in a few consortia.  If we
had to subscribe on our own, we would be primarily if not solely print.
Good luck to you.

Jill Tarabula, MLS
Systems & Technical Services Librarian
Clinton Community College
136 Clinton Point Drive
Plattsburgh, NY 12901

-----Original Message-----
From: SERIALST: Serials in Libraries Discussion Forum
[] On Behalf Of Rick Anderson
Sent: Wednesday, March 30, 2011 9:51 AM
Subject: Re: [SERIALST] Returning to print?

> Has anyone returned to print, and if so, with what consequences or
> benefits?  Has anyone thought about this but decided against it, and
> so, for what reason?  Or does anyone have any thoughts in general to
> contribute on the idea of returning to print?

Print is a pretty terrible format for giving people access to articles
-- it
can only be used by one patron at a time; it can only be used when the
library is open; it requires patrons to make a special trip to the
it's searchable only by means of crude indexes.

But as a service model, print is nowhere near as bad as cancellation.  I
do what you've got to do in order to serve your patrons as well as you
If they need the content and print is the only feasible option, go for

Rick Anderson
Assoc. Dir. for Scholarly Resources & Collections
Marriott Library
Univ. of Utah
Office: (801)587-9989
Cell: (801) 721-1687