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RE: Discovering Others' Contracts?
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- From: "Croft, Janet B." <firstname.lastname@example.org>
- Date: Fri, 26 Mar 2010 19:36:00 EDT
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Robert Berkman asked: Wondering--is there a source, site, mechanism etc. where librarians can discover what other libraries of similar size have negotiated with an information vendor, so that there is some guideline to know a range of what one's license "should" cost? Kind of like a Consumer Reports for the automobile manufacturer price (though I know with this it would be harder as each license is customized) So--is there any official or informal place where this is published or available? Or do librarians informally try to share this? Are there ethical considerations when undertaking this kind of activity? ***At one point some members of this list did try to start of a database with this sort of information. This is what I wrote about it around that time: "Another useful resource currently under development by LibLicense is the Interlibrary Loan Terms database (http://www.library.yale.edu/~llicense/ILLproject.html [not there anymore]). In 2001, a working group of LibLicense list participants developed a publisher questionnaire and database format for collecting and organizing information on ILL terms offered by different suppliers and aggregators. At the time, this was conceived of as a centralized location where libraries could check their interlibrary loan requests to see if the provider of the database they planned to use allowed interlibrary loan. However, as more and more libraries find that negotiating terms is possible, its purpose has evolved. The database can now be used to find out a publisher's terms before negotiations begin, and to gather data about other providers' interlibrary loan terms to show reluctant providers that interlibrary loan from electronic documents is a viable option. The Interlibrary Loan Terms database committee hopes that, as more vendors enter their terms into the database and see what other publishers are doing about interlibrary loan, terms will become more standardized across the industry. " Alas, it never got too far off the ground. One reason was that publishers did not seem that interested in participating. Another is that many contracts include clauses forbidding libraries from revealing the terms of their contracts -- to prevent just this sort of information sharing. Janet Brennan Croft Associate Professor Head of Access Services University of Oklahoma Libraries Norman OK 73019 email@example.com http://faculty-staff.ou.edu/C/Janet.B.Croft-1/ http://libraries.ou.edu/ Editor of Mythlore http://www.mythsoc.org/mythlore.html Book Review Editor of Oklahoma Librarian http://www.oklibs.org/oklibrarian/current/index.html