Serials Issues lsipe@CALVIN.USC.EDU 19 Nov 1992 01:47 UTC
Posted to SERIALST with permission from Cheryl McKee. --eds. ----------------------------Original message---------------------------- [Forwarded from COLLDV-L as perhaps more appropriate to SERIALST] From: Cheryl McKee <CMCKEE%BINGVMB.BITNET@vm.usc.edu> Our institution carried out two serials cancellation projects - one in 1989 and another in 1991. Both projects involved many hours of staff time and a sense of "being under the gun" in order to meet vendor deadlines, while taking the academic calendar into account. We are now approaching the "serials problem" as an on- going issue, as it indeed seems to be, and have established a Serials Resources Standing Committee. With this group, we hope to do continuous monitoring of price patterns and communicate any alarming trends to faculty for possible spot decision-making. We also hope to develop guidelines and criteria for cancellation that can be used on an on-going basis and which are not tied in to any one-time project. However, we are just getting started and recognize that there may be numerous pitfalls (or potholes, in this part of the country) in the path we are taking. Are any other institutions approaching serials pricing as a "permanent and continuing" issue? Is there one group charged with monitoring the problem? What kind of review mechanisms have you set up? Is faculty participation built in and, if so, how? Responses will be greatly appreciated and shared with our Serials Resources group. Snail-mail address: Cheryl McKee Coordinator of Collection Development University Libraries P.O. Box 6012 State University of New York at Binghamton Binghamton, NY 13902-6012 Thanks.