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Black Wednesday Fallout at the BLPES: The Experience of Reviewing Serials

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Thalia Knight

Abstract

The impact of the devaluation of the pound following ‘black Wednesday’, combined with the usual annual increases in the price of journals, meant that for the session 1993/94 the British Library of Political and Economic Science faced average increases of 18–22% on many journal subscriptions, as well as a potential budget cut. After nearly a decade of being sheltered from the worst effects of inflation on serials prices, the BLPES was forced to re-examine its serial subscriptions with a view to making savings in expenditure. This paper outlines methods used to carry out reviews of serial collections and describes how the BLPES went about reviewing its holdings with approximate costings. The results of the exercise are reported, as well as possible lessons for the future.
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1629/08131
How to Cite: Knight, T., 1995. Black Wednesday Fallout at the BLPES: The Experience of Reviewing Serials. Serials, 8(2), pp.131–138. DOI: http://doi.org/10.1629/08131
Published on 01 Jul 1995.
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