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Re: Heads up: Nature license and confidentiality

I'm slightly suprised that librarians find anything odd in this. In the print world, the price was the price. In the digital world, as Peggy says herself, 'we don't all pay the price'; actual prices paid by individual consortia and even individual libraries tend to be the result of often protracted negotiation. Different factors may have a bearing in each case. So making public the price actually negotiated would be most unfair on the vendor, wouldn't it?

Sally Morris, Chief Executive
Association of Learned and Professional Society Publishers
Email: sally.morris@alpsp.org
Website: www.alpsp.org

----- Original Message -----
From: "Peggy Cooper" <pcooper@boisestate.edu>
To: <liblicense-l@lists.yale.edu>
Sent: Friday, August 25, 2006 6:16 AM
Subject: Re: Heads up: Nature license and confidentiality

I normally just lurk around on the list but this issue is important enough in my opinion that I wanted to share my 2 cents. "It seems to me that we'd better all decide that we're not going to agree." - I hope so! As a representative for a public institution, I can not be a part of any "secret" deals and I don't & won't. I'm curious about the reasons that the vendors want their pricing kept secret. We already know that we don't all pay the price, so what are they protecting?

Peggy S. Cooper
Coordinator of Collection Development
Associate Professor
Albertsons Library
Boise State University
Boise, ID 83725-1430

"Rick Anderson" <rickand@unr.edu> 8/23/2006 5:24 PM >>>
Nature recently announced (http://www.nature.com/press_releases/NPG_opens_archives.pdf) a sort of modified open access to its archival content. However, there's a catch: they're now asking us to sign a new version of the license agreement for our 2007 renewals, in order (as my new sales rep put it) "to guarantee that you have access if you need to cancel."

Most of the new license language is okay, but they now apparently want confidentiality for pricing and license terms. If we agree, that could spell the end of public discussion of Nature's pricing practices. It seems to me that we'd better all decide that we're not going to agree.

Rick Anderson
Dir. of Resource Acquisition
University of Nevada, Reno Libraries