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Re: big deal

First of all, I must tell you that your premise is false.  You actually
may (grammar) cancel titles.  The point is that you agree not to drop
below X dollars in your contract.  However, even then there is the
possibility of writing the ability to reduce subscriptions in the contract
if a given institution must reduce the library's budget because of more
general budget constraints,


Trudy Gardner, Ph.D.
Assistant Dean for Educational Resources, Director
Library of Rush University
Chicago, IL


Hi All:

I'm doing some reporting on the so-called Big Deal -- contracts where the
library agrees to subscribe to all of a publishers' e-journals, but can
not cancel individual electronic journals without losing a subscription to
all the journals.

I'm interested in speaking to librarians who have either rejected the big
deal for their academic library, or are strongly supportive of it.

Please contact me via e-mail or phone.


Andrea Foster
Assistant Editor
Chronicle of Higher Education