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Re: Future of the "subscription model?"
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- Subject: Re: Future of the "subscription model?"
- From: Rick Anderson <firstname.lastname@example.org>
- Date: Tue, 1 Nov 2011 21:14:11 EDT
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>To date, the subscription model seems alive and well and still >in the best interest of many publishers, societies and >libraries. We are still waiting for evidence that libraries (and >their institutions) are willing to substantially reduce and/or >forego the subscription-based model. Here's a little bit of evidence, for what it's worth: my library is preparing to cut $300,000 (roughly 10% of the serials budget) from its roster of subscriptions in the coming fiscal year, and in all likelihood to abandon the Elsevier Big Deal as well. This obviously doesn't amount to a wholesale abandonment of the subscription model, but that's not because we have any lingering affection for the model -- it's because the quick extortion of punitive per-article pricing is currently the only alternative to the slower, more gentle extortion of subscription price increases. --- Rick Anderson Assoc. Dean for Scholarly Resources & Collections J. Willard Marriott Library University of Utah email@example.com