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Yes Rick, the publishers want to sell and we want to give it away.  
However, we are more than willing to pay a fair price for the privilege of
"giving it away."  It's the price gouging that we can't tolerate and the
restrictions on use.

Thomas L. Williams, AHIP
Director, Biomedical Libraries and
 Media Production Services
University of South Alabama
College of Medicine
Mobile, Al 36688-0002
tel. (251)460-6885
fax. (251)460-7638

On Tue, 2 Oct 2001, Rick Anderson wrote:

> > 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.
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> Rick Anderson
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