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> Now this one's a real money saver for libraries. . . cancel all those
> expensive contracts with Ebsco, Proquest etc., and just tell patrons they
> should subscribe individually to the electronic journals of their choice!!
> Do we want to start down this road?? If publishers want to "act rationally
> and maximize revenue" let's go this route and see if they can match the
> revenues they get now from libraries!!

I think many journal publishers would love to see us do this.  They've
never been thrilled by the idea of several thousand people getting the use
of a single subscription.  Imagine if my library gave up its single
subcription to NEJM and the number of individual faculty subscriptions
doubled as a result -- the MMS would be thrilled, of course, and should
be.  Actually, it wouldn't need to double; it would only need to increase
by two for the publisher to realize a net gain.

This is the essence of the tension between libraries and publishers.  We
want to give away what they want to sell.

Rick Anderson
Director of Resource Acquisition
The University Libraries
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