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RE: Future of the "subscription model?"

Ok. Are you saying that the 300k are being redirected to pay APCs 
- or are they just being cut?


From: owner-liblicense-l@lists.yale.edu 
[owner-liblicense-l@lists.yale.edu] On Behalf Of
Rick Anderson [rick.anderson@utah.edu]
Sent: 02 November 2011 02:14
To: liblicense-l@lists.yale.edu
Subject: Re: Future of the "subscription model?"

>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 

Rick Anderson
Assoc. Dean for Scholarly Resources & Collections
J. Willard Marriott Library
University of Utah