CTA adopts new policy for distributing publications - you need to act now!
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CTA. 1997. CTA adopts new policy for distributing publications - you need to act now!. Spore 71. CTA, Wageningen, The Netherlands.
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Since 1984 CTA has distributed the publications on its list free-of-charge to institutions and individuals in ACP countries who asked for them, and whose needs fell within CTA s mandate to improve information flows to those involved in agricultural...
Since 1984 CTA has distributed the publications on its list free-of-charge to institutions and individuals in ACP countries who asked for them, and whose needs fell within CTA s mandate to improve information flows to those involved in agricultural development. Publications were also sent on CTA s initiative to organizations who would find them useful. Many thousands of people who asked for information were sent one or more publications in response. Thousands more people asked for books which were considered inappropriate to their needs; in such cases more suitable titles were substituted. All this is changing: we explain how and why below. Introducing subscriptions As you will have seen from the application form distributed with the last issue of Spore, CTA is now compiling a list of subscribers in ACP countries. If you wish to be entitled to receive publications from the CTA list, you must complete and return this form, even though you may have received them in the past. People in ACP countries with responsibilities in agriculture and rural development will normally be entitled to become subscribers under our new eligibility criteria. Each subscriber will be entitled to receive free books up to a spending limit established to reflect their needs and consistent with CTA s financial resources. All books on CTA s list have been given a nominal value. There is no intention to decrease the number of books CTA distributes and so subscribers will still receive the books they need. (Arrangements are being made for people outside the ACP countries to purchase their choice of publications on CTA s list from international booksellers; we will be announcing the new arrangements in Spore.) Publications from CTA s list will continue to be available, for the time being, to individuals and organizations in ACP countries without payment of any kind; but henceforth they must all be requested on the new publications request forms - publications will not generally be sent on any other basis. Those who have already submitted their completed application forms to CTA, and who have been admitted to the new service, will shortly receive their first publications request form. This form will indicate the number of credits that have been awarded to the subscriber for the next twelve months. Why these changes? Quite simply, the number of titles available from CTA has become so large, and the demand for them is at such a high level, that the system in use at CTA for the distribution of publications was no longer able to satisfy the demand. The number of requests received in 1996 was 40% higher than in 1995! Because they spent three-quarters of their time identifying suitable titles for readers, our distribution staff were actually running an information service rather than processing requests; backlogs built up, and there was no time to maintain the mailing-list. The system had to be reformed: it was no longer realistic to process all requests from every potential beneficiary. Our distribution staff will now be maintaining the list of subscribers, rather than evaluating individual requests for publications. An external distributor will meet subscribers' requests. The new arrangements are largely designed to enable you, the subscriber, to select more precisely the CTA publications you really need. Because we will have more information about you, we will be able to improve the way we provide you with information about our publications. The changes we are introducing now are the first of a series, perhaps the most interesting of which is the possibility that CTA might appoint local agents to promote awareness of CTA publications as well as providing other services. Finding out about publications on CTA s list As you will now be choosing your own books, you will need to know more about the books that are available. Most people learn about the publications on CTA s list from Spore (of course, not all the books announced in Spore are available from CTA). In future, we will give more information which will help you decide whether the book is intended for you. A new, more informative, CTA Publications Catalogue will be available to institutions at the end of the year - but it would be too costly to send copies to individual subscribers. We will therefore be issuing short subject listings to help subscribers get the best from our service. Those who can access the Internet can expect to find our Publications Catalogue on CTA s Web site next year; Spore will keep readers up-to-date with developments. Will I continue to receive Spore? If you completed a subscriber application form enclosed with Spore 70, and you remain eligible, you will continue to receive Spore, the cost of Spore will not be taken from your credit limit for publications on CTA s list. If you have not received an application form and you wish to become a new subscriber to Spore and to receive publications on CTA s list, you should write to CTA (Postbus 380, 6700 AJ Wageningen, The Netherlands) with brief details of your request.