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Costs of Electronic Resources

[MOD. NOTE:  Dianne Nicholson poses a particularly important question.  In
our Library, we have identified at least 15 diverse pricing models for
electronic resources, ranging from no price at all to extraordinarily
creative fee structures based on types of campus subnets to an array of
consortial prices.  As she suggests, these are hard to compare.  We all
have our favorite models, for our own reasons; we have ones we dislike (in
my case, the simultaneous user model which too often seems applied to
resources where it is illogical to do so). Can we discuss the modes of
charging for electronic resources and hear from producers about how they
create their pricing mechanisms?  Thanks to Dianne for starting this


Forwarded message:
Date: Wed, 22 Jan 1997 19:12:59 -0800 (PST)
From: (Dianne Nicholson)
Subject: costs 

I would be interested in seeing a discussion on how different libraries
have negotiated around the calculation of site licence fees.  ie.  I have
seen some vendors base pricing on # of branches, # of pac workstations,
population served, and there may be other versions.  This has
particularily far reaching impact when one is a multi branch system. 

Is there some concensus on some kind of mixed formula which is fairer?

Dianne Nicholson
Okanagan Regional Library
Kelowna, British Columbia

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