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RE: Thoughts around journal pricing?
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- From: David Thibodeau <David.Thibodeau@gcsu.edu>
- Date: Wed, 28 Oct 2009 18:55:39 EDT
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Hi Tom, Our journal subscriptions for 2010 are already paid for and have been for quite some time, we generally pay well in advance to receive the optimum discount. If we find out that a title is increasing substantially ahead of time we may or may not cancel that title before the renewal. What we will receive throughout the year are "supplemental invoices" for the majority of our titles that reflect price increases. We will then make decision on renewals for 2011 on a case by case basis as the supplemental invoices arrive. Currently we are investigating accessing association journals online via the association's web site and have already replaced a lot of these titles this way. This is for the most part very cost effective, we often receive expanded access and expend less resources. Previously our library had invested moderately in electronic collections. Coming from a corporate library, a relatively virtual environment, where I had previously substituted substantial portions of their print collection in favor of materials available electronically, (sometimes reducing print libraries to less than 10% of their original space allocation), there are a myriad of opportunities for reallocation of available resources. The most important question was how we accomplish this while assuring the university community that we are investing in sustainable electronic materials? Our first step here was to review the needs of the university. We looked at what departments were already invested in electronic access; Psychology, Business, Chemistry & Physics, Biology & Environmental Sciences were at the forefront. We also looked at what programs we were offering that could benefit substantially from a 24 hour electronic library, Education, Health Sciences, and again Business, were those with students in multiple locations with substantial online enrollment. Intentionally left out of the project were some of the other departments where electronic access was not a suitable option, (basically anything where images were important visually or contextually). At the onset I have to state that I am opposed to discontinuing any print materials where the electronic collection was provided by a for-profit publisher or aggregator. These collections are too static, with titles being sold and re-sold and sometimes just dropping off the platforms due to publisher pricing. This left not-for-profit organizations, like ITHAKA/JSTOR, and also professional associations. However, I am wary of relying too heavily on ITHAKA/JSTOR for one stop shopping. I have had a lot of experience working with electronic materials from member based professional associations like the AICPA and FASB in my previous position and know their commitment to providing access to their members. I also feel assured that even if an association were to fail, continued access to their publications to their membership could be provided through appropriate licensing language. Moreover, association publications are less likely to become available through an aggregator. Our decision was ultimately to review our serials for those titles which were provided by associations to see how much we could save, and then to supplement these association back-files for these disciplines with titles available on JSTOR or Project Muse as necessary and possible some substantial publisher databases. Thanks, David -----Original Message----- From: email@example.com [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org] On Behalf Of Thomas Vale Sent: Tuesday, October 27, 2009 5:38 PM To: email@example.com Subject: Thoughts around journal pricing? Hi guys, I hope everyone's keeping well. I'm doing a bit of research in trying to understand library budgets and journals etc. One of the things that continually amazes me is the extent to which "paid" journals work vs open access (a topic which has been well addressed during the Open access week here in Cambridge). That aside, I did wonder if anyone had any thoughts about journals and pricing. It seems to me that despite the economic downturn effecting library budgets, some of the biggest publishers are still looking for significant price increases both on print and electronic (the best I've heard of is flat pricing...). Is that right? If so how can libraries respond? Any thoughts/viewpoints would be much appreciated. Tom
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