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Re: Project MUSE response

I am not sure what Kathleen Keane felt that she needed to correct in my Open Letter to Librarians, posted to Liblicense a few days ago, but I do want to make it perfectly clear that I agree with and endorse absolutely everything Kathleen said in her response, copied below. Project MUSE does remain a strong collaborative enterprise, it does continue to expand steadily, it does contain and continue to add many high-quality journals, and it does have (and continue to earn) very strong support from the library community. It is precisely because of that strong support that I felt the need to explain at length to the library community our own decision-making process at Duke UP, and its background. As I said explicitly in my open letter, we at Duke certainly hope and expect that Project MUSE will continue its success. Stephen A. Cohn, Director, Duke University Press
Box 90660 Duke University, Durham NC 27708 phone: 919/687-3606; fax 919/688-4574 http://www.dukeupress.edu/ -----Original Message----- Dear LibLicense Readers, I write on behalf of Project MUSE and The Johns Hopkins University Press, of which I am Director. On October 4, Steve Cohn posted an Open Letter regarding the participation of Duke University Press in Project MUSE. I must correct and clarify a few points. While we regret Duke's decision to not contribute new issues to MUSE for specific journals, Project MUSE remains a very strong collaborative enterprise. MUSE continues to expand the selection of high-quality journals available through our online platform. Several established publishers long associated with the project have committed additional titles to the MUSE collections for 2005, including Oxford University Press, Indiana University Press, and the Brookings Institution Press. Prestigious publishers joining MUSE as new participants for 2005 include the Hastings Center, the University of Pennsylvania Press, and the American School of Classical Studies at Athens (publishers of Hesperia). Fifty respected university presses and scholarly societies, each with a distinctive and renowned scholarly journal program, plan to make their journals available online via Project MUSE in 2005. MUSE has consistently earned the support of the library community. It was founded by the JHU library and press, and continues to benefit from a close association.  More than 1,100 libraries worldwide participate now, providing access to more than 9 million faculty and students.  We have achieved a 95% or better renewal rate every year since launch in 1995. With input from librarians and publishers, MUSE recently introduced a new pricing model designed to provide greater fairness, flexibility, and predictability for subscribers, and to open up new opportunities for smaller colleges and universities, special libraries, and international libraries to benefit from the wealth of resources MUSE offers. If librarians have any questions about the Project MUSE offerings or pricing for 2005, please contact Melanie Schaffner, Sales and Marketing Manager at melanie@muse.jhu.edu If any readers have other questions about Project MUSE or the Johns Hopkins University Press, please contact Aileen McHugh, Director of Project Muse, at aileen@muse.jhu.edu or me at KK@press.jhu.edu. Kathleen Keane Director The Johns Hopkins University Press