Editor's note: The following post is one in a series by Paul Gilkes
about challenges facing hobby organizations and their publications.
Organizations are facing how to balance demand for traditional print
publications with the freedom digital and other electronic journals offer.
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Membership levels are an important part of the equation for both the
Numismatic Association, the board of which has voted to
California Numismatist in favor of a digital-only
publication, and the Numismatic Association of Southern California,
which likely needs to sign off on the CSNA’s move to make it
CSNA Vice President Howard Feltham says he plans
to investigate the reasons for declining membership and implement
efforts to increase numbers.
He said the organizations
need to extend its outreach to involve participation of younger
members, aggressively recruit new members, and address more of an
online presence to augment the print publication.
and NASC have sat on their back ends for too long, and we both must
take a more proactive role in our state and regional roles,” Feltham
said. “There is really no blame for this problem.”
issues faced by the two California groups are by no means unique.
Numismatic organizations nationwide are addressing what to do with
their journals in an age when both print and digital publications have
For example, the nation’s largest coin
collector organization, the American Numismatic Association, offers its
members several options: receiving print copies of the monthly ANA
Numismatist; or electronic access to the research periodical;
The ANA journal has been printed for more than
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