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Re: Future of the "subscription model?"
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- Subject: Re: Future of the "subscription model?"
- From: Joseph Esposito <email@example.com>
- Date: Fri, 4 Nov 2011 21:23:50 EDT
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Rick, If publishers detect a pattern in which subscriptions are cancelled and single-article sales are substituted for them, then the price of single articles will rise. Joe Esposito On Thu, Nov 3, 2011 at 4:17 PM, Rick Anderson <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote: >>Rick, when your library cancels the $300,000 worth of >>subscriptions, I'm guessing that most of that will go back into >>subscription like-services (paying for the price increases of >>the subs you do keep, paying for new e-resources - most of which >>will have some kind of subscription-like component, even if not >>for actual journals). Would that be a fair guess? If it is, >>then the subscription model isn't exactly eroding? > > Good point, Ann. Yes, the $300,000 we "save" by cancelling some > subscriptions will, in fact, be used up by the annual cost > increases for those that remain. So when I offer our subscription > cut as "evidence that libraries... are willing to substantially > reduce and/or forego the subscription model," I guess what I'm > saying is that whereas until recently we were willing to shore up > the subscription model in our library by redirecting money from > other areas to support it, we're no longer doing so. Instead, > we're now cutting subscriptions substantially rather than ponying > up more and more money to preserve the prevalence of that model > in our library. As this process continues, we'll be purchasing > dramatically less and less content under the subscription model > from year to year -- in fact, at this rate we'll have roughly > half as many subscriptions six years from now as we do today. > > So in a real sense, yes, we'll still be paying for subscriptions > for the foreseeable future and therefore the model itself will > still be alive in our library. But it will be constantly > diminishing as we continue to "substantially reduce and/or > forego" our subscriptions. At the same time, we're actively > looking for alternatives to the subscription model and are > anxious to try out any that look sustainable. Right now, the only > thing keeping me from cancelling all of our subscriptions > wholesale is the punitive pricing imposed by publishers for > access at the article level. > > Chris, I think your follow-up question was basically the same as > Ann's, but let me know if you need more clarification. > > --- > Rick Anderson > Assoc. Dean for Scholarly Resources & Collections > J. Willard Marriott Library > University of Utah > email@example.com > >