Academic journal article Library Resources & Technical Services

Editorial

Academic journal article Library Resources & Technical Services

Editorial

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With this issue, LRTS begins publishing the annual periodicals pricing reports, previously published in Library Journal and, for ten years, in American Libraries. ALCTS has posted the reports for 1999 through 2002, which first appeared in American Libraries, on the ALCTS Web site, www.ala.org/alets. These can be located in the section "Resources," within "Publications." Brenda Dingley is the author of this report and analysis of periodicals pricing in 2002. To help set the context for this report, LRTS presents three articles (by Pamela Bluh, James G. Neal, and J. Randolph Call), first presented at the Annual Conference in "2002, that consider the topic of predicting library materials pricing.

I am very excited about this issue, which offers articles addressing all the areas that fall within the realm of ALCTS: preservation, collections, acquisitions, serials, and cataloging. Kate Murray explores the dissemination of preservation information in the Republic of South Africa. This article, in addition to exploring the situation in South Africa, provides an opportunity to consider how preservationists share expertise, regardless of location. Brenda Dingley's piece is relevant to collection development and management, as well as serials work. Certainly, no selector can make decisions about budgets, expenditures, and serials cancellations without drawing on pricing information. The articles by Bluh, Neal, and Call directly link pricing prediction to managing budgets for collections. …

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