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RE: Question for some librarians......
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- From: "Bolton, Karen S." <firstname.lastname@example.org>
- Date: Fri, 25 Aug 2006 20:42:54 EDT
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Hello, We are subscribers to Science News, and this is a popular publication for our faculty, I think because of the short format. We always closely scrutinize large percentage increases in price for publications--or databases or any other acquisitions--before renewal. That said, well-used publications tend not to be cancelled unless there is some other problem with them. As far as online access, this title is available online now through 9 of our aggregated databases, some back to 1975. We like having this access, and this is easier for us than site licensing an individual title. Of course, if we have to pay more, we would expect to have free online with our increased price, at least for a year or two. I am sure our students and faculty would miss this publication. Just my two cents. Karen Bolton Serials Librarian email@example.com Milwaukee School of Engineering Walter Schroeder Library -----Original Message----- From: firstname.lastname@example.org [mailto:email@example.com] On Behalf Of Harry Rothmann Sent: Friday, August 25, 2006 12:09 AM To: firstname.lastname@example.org Subject: Question for some librarians...... As a publisher, I'm writing to get some feedback from some librarians out there that may be able to help me get a feel for how our current subscribers would react to a new pricing model. Our magazine, Science News, currently has a significant number of Institutional subscribers (mostly high schools, and public libraries, mixed in with some universities and corporations) that have been paying the same rate as individual subscribers ever since our magazine has been in business, since 1921 to be exact. In addition to that our individual subscription price hasn't gone up since 2001. We are leaning towards introducing increased rates for institutions and offer a site license to our online content and archives. We intend to keep our pricing competitive and much cheaper than most journals but even so, our rates for our institutional subscribers would be increasing quite significantly. As a librarian, or any other type of institution, that is paying hundreds of dollars for other journals, would it be difficult to accept this significant change? Or would most librarians understand such a change in direction? Any other concerns or feedback would be much appreciated. A little more about our magazine: Science News is an award-winning weekly newsmagazine covering the most important research in all fields of science. Its 16 pages each week are packed with short, accurate articles that appeal to both general readers and scientists. There are 51 issues printed per year. We are a non-profit organization. Thank you. Best Regards, Harry Rothmann Science Service