Online Serials Back Issues Exchange

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Readmore, Inc. has created a new Internet list called Backserv, which is devoted exclusively to the informal exchange of serials back issues among libraries. Backserv provides a forum for the listing of both available and desired serial issues in all subject areas.

The Backserv archives are publicly accessible and may be retrieved by subscribers and non-subscribers alike (searching by journal title or other terms). Messages are collected weekly and will remain in the archives for six months. The archives of Backserv will soon be part of Gopher and will be fully searchable using built-in WAIS indexing.

Backserv will not be a moderated list. It is meant purely as a communication vehicle for librarians and library staff. Replies to messages are sent directly to the sender. Dealers and other exchange organizations are welcome to monitor the list but are asked not to send messages to Backserv at this time; Backserv is not a forum for messages which discuss the process of exchanging back issues or the merits of various dealers or exchange avenues. …