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Proposal for sharing information on licensing "deals"
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- Subject: Proposal for sharing information on licensing "deals"
- From: "Hamaker, Chuck" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
- Date: Tue, 17 Feb 2004 18:48:48 EST
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A proposal made at last fall's Charleston Conference calling for contributing to a database through which libraries can share price and licensing details is discussed in an op ed in this month's D-Lib. "Fair Publisher Pricing, Confidentiality Clauses and a Proposal to Even the Economic Playing Field" D-Lib Magazine February 2004 Volume 10 Number 2 The article by Phil Davis is available at: <http://www.dlib.org/dlib/february04/davis/02davis.html> Having been offered several "deals" at $100,000 or more and then learning consortial pricing was in the 60K range, I know it is really important to know what terms/pricing etc. other libraries are experiencing. We can't go to vendors very often for comparative pricing information in this arena, so I consider this proposal a critical piece of the whole puzzle libraries are dealing with. Unequal information, as we all know from hard experience, means the potential for unequal pricing. Chuck Hamaker Associate University Librarian Collections and Technical Services Atkins Library University of North Carolina Charlotte Charlotte, NC 28223 phone 704 687-2825