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Re: RFP process for selecting a serials vendor Boyter, Leslie (05 Aug 2011 16:57 UTC)

Re: RFP process for selecting a serials vendor Boyter, Leslie 05 Aug 2011 16:57 UTC

Hello everyone,

We are interested in any insight people can provide regarding this as
well. We are considering exploring our options for 1)  standing orders
and 2) subscriptions to journals/magazines/newspapers. We have two
primary vendors for these item types and I doubt we can get everything
from one vendor (though I could be wrong), so we will likely be looking
at doing this process twice (perhaps simultaneously).

We are in the early consideration stage. So for now, in particular, we
are wondering what the timeline looks like. How long does it take to go
through the whole process and then get everything switched over to a new
vendor once one is selected (we need to get a better idea as to when we
should start the whole process)?

Thank you for any insight you can provide!


Leslie R Boyter
Serials Specialist
Washington State Library

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-----Original Message-----
From: SERIALST: Serials in Libraries Discussion Forum
[] On Behalf Of Lori Fenton
Sent: Monday, August 01, 2011 2:26 PM
Subject: Re: [SERIALST] RFP process for selecting a serials vendor

This article just came across my desk today:

Westfall, Micheline Brown. "Using a Request for Proposal (RFP) to Select

a Serials Vendor: The University of Tennessee Experience." Serials
Review 37.2 (2011): 87-92. Library Lit & Inf Full Text. Web. 1 Aug.

Might be helpful.

Lori R. Fenton
Electronic Resources Manager\Periodicals
Washburn University Mabee Library
1700 SW College Avenue
Topeka KS 66621
Ph. 785.670.1984

On 8/1/2011 3:07 PM, Young Moon wrote:
> Hello all,
> Boston College Libraries is planning to go through a RFP process to
> select a new serials vendor. I'm wondering if anyone has recently gone
> through the same process and share their experience (especially,
> learned). It would also be greatly appreciated if you could send a
> fulltext (or, an outline) of your RFP to me. Many thanks!
> -Young
> --
> Young Joo Moon
> Head of Continuing & Electronic Resources
> O'Neill Library
> 140 Commonwealth Avenue
> Boston College
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