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Project MUSE User Group Meeting at ALA

Of possible interest to liblicense readers. Please excuse cross-posting.


Please join Project MUSE for our annual User Group Meeting at the ALA
Annual Conference in Orlando, FL. Muse supports both librarians and
nonprofit publishers by delivering journals in electronic form as part of
an affordable package. We will be making important announcements regarding
our new pricing model and Muse subscription options for 2005.

Saturday, June 26
8:00 - 9:00 am
Salon C
Crowne Plaza Universal Hotel
7800 Universal Boulevard

At the User Group meeting, we'll share the results of our recent pricing
model study, conducted with the assistance of October Ivins and Judy
Luther, who are both librarians with extensive serials backgrounds and
experience with journal publishers. Our new model addresses budget
pressures affecting both our subscribers and participating publishers, and
the increasingly rapid transition from print to electronic for library
subscriptions. Judy and October shared their recommendations with the Muse
participating publishers at our annual meeting in April, and details of
our new pricing model are being finalized. We will announce our future
pricing plans, as well as preliminary pricing estimates for Muse
collections in 2005, at the User Group session.

Final prices and title lists for the 2005 Muse collections will be
announced by early August. Current Muse subscribers and consortium
partners will be contacted directly with details about the options
available to them for 2005. We appreciate the support and understanding of
our library customers as we strive to find a model that accommodates the
needs of both librarians and publishers.

Additional background information on the new Muse pricing model may be
found on the Muse web site at


The Spring 2004 issue of Muse News also features a cover story on the
pricing study, available online at http://muse.jhu.edu/proj_descrip/news/

The User Group meeting will also include an update on Muse features and
functionality, including news regarding OpenURL, JSTOR linking, and new
resources available to subscribing libraries through our For Librarians
page. Questions and discussion are welcome, and a light breakfast will be

To assist us with our planning, please RSVP for the meeting to
muse@muse.jhu.edu, and include the number of representatives you expect to
have attending from your institution. Both prospective and current
subscribers are welcome to attend.

Project MUSE will also be exhibiting at ALA Annual. Please visit us at
booth #1137 if you have further questions or are not able to join us for
the User Group meeting.


Melanie B. Schaffner
Marketing and Sales Manager, Project MUSE
c/o The Johns Hopkins University Press
2715 N. Charles St.
Baltimore, MD 21218 USA
Phone 410-516-3846
Fax 410-516-6968