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Re: Microfilm Pricing (Peter Picerno) Marcia Tuttle 09 Dec 1999 14:45 UTC

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Date: Thu, 9 Dec 1999 08:39:32 -0600
From: Peter Picerno <ppicerno@CHOCTAW.ASTATE.EDU>
Subject: Re: Microfilm Pricing (was From Robert Bland) (Carol Morse)

While I have not done an extensive or historical price comparison, I do know
that the seemingly great cost of microfilm has had significant impact on my
library's decision to continue to bind rather than purchase microform back
files ... while there are issues of space, we find space plus the cost of
purchase and storage to be more price effective for us at the moment.

Dr. Peter V. Picerno
Collection Development Team Leader
Dean B. Ellis Library
Arkansas State University
State University, AR 72467
(870) 972-3078
Fax: (870) 972-3199
> I have the same complaint.  I strongly objected to this a couple of years
> ago when the prices first sky-rocketed.  We cut $3000-worth of microfiche
> subscriptions at that time.  It seems to me that UMI is trying to imitate
> spiraling paper prices.  Could it be a case of, The market will take it,
> we have a semi-monopoly, so let's get all the money we can?  I told our
> rep what I thought, and he said he would relay my complaints to
> management, but of course it did no good.  Maybe if others start
> complaining, we could make an impression.
> Carol Morse                                                  Tel.  509)
> Serials Librarian                                             Fax 509)
> Walla Walla College Library                     Email
> 105 S.W. Adams St.
> College Place, WA  99324-1195
> Give us strength for the journey and wisdom to know the way.
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> Date: Wed, 8 Dec 1999 15:27:20 -0500
> Subject: Re: From Robert Bland
> This was posted to ACQNET and I suggested he also post to SERIALST. He
> asked me to send it along.
>   Thanks, Eleanor Cook, Editor, ACQNET
> Subject: Microfilm pricing
> I would like to get some reaction from the list concerning the rapidly
> escalating price of periodical back files in microform.  Our average
> price per title for microform subscriptions from UMI has almost doubled
> over a 5 year period.  This significantly exceeds the rate of price rise
> for the print subscriptions.  What is the experience of other libraries
> in this matter, and what, if anything, are you doing about it?  Now that
> we have new space, we have begun to do more binding, but this is at best
> a short-term solution.
> Thanks.
> Robert Bland
> Associate University Librarian
> Ramsey Library
> UNC Asheville
> Asheville, NC