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Re: Future of the "subscription model?"
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- Subject: Re: Future of the "subscription model?"
- From: Ann Okerson <firstname.lastname@example.org>
- Date: Tue, 25 Oct 2011 20:39:08 EDT
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Fred: In library training, we learned that the basic definition of serials is "publications intended to be continued indefinitely." (Or at least for some time to come.) By my lights, then, a "subscription" represents any ongoing, regular payment for such continuing publications. Does this help with definitions? Ann On Tue, Oct 25, 2011 at 8:21 PM, FrederickFriend <email@example.com> wrote: > Well, Ann, if you wanted to start a controversial thread, I > suspect you will have succeeded! Let me ask for clarification on > the definition of the topic. I assume that you are asking about > subscriptions in relation to journals or works in series. And I > wonder how precise you want to be in your definition of > "subscription"? I am not sure, for example, that a "big deal" > counts as a subscription. I have thought of a "big deal" as being > a licence for a specific period of time, and - in my view - part > of the problem we have currently is that "big deals" have > swallowed up journals which would otherwise be available on > subscription. Anybody who knows me will not be surprised to learn > that I see OA models as replacing both "big deals" and individual > subscriptions to a large extent, but there will certainly be > disagreement amongst liblicense subscribers about the extent and > the timing of that development. > > Fred Friend > > -----Original Message----- From: Ann Okerson > Sent: Monday, October 24, 2011 11:08 PM > To: firstname.lastname@example.org > Subject: Future of the "subscription model?" > > Liblicense-l Readers: What do you all imagine as the future of > the "subscription model" for purchasing academic library > collections? Is it alive and well and growing or is it on its > way out, supplanted by memberships, open access, and a growing > variety of other options for obtaining publications, particularly > electronic? > > Your thoughts are most welcomed. Ann Okerson