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Re: Summary: Self-funding an EJ: some issues

Nigel Gilbert wrote:  > > b. It was suggested that library directors will
prefer to license journals > through an 'aggregator' - an organisation
which contracts with the journal > providers on behalf of several or many
libraries.  It was argued that this > will also reduce the journal's
administrative costs.  > > A candidate for an aggregator could be an
existing database vendor who > markets abstracts and indexes in sociology. 
> OCLC is rolling out a new service called Electronic Collections Online
(ECO). This service takes the electronic files from the publisher and
mounts them on their server at no cost to the publisher. The publishers
establishes whatever license agreement they care to with libraries.
Libraries then pay OCLC a fee to access the journal. I think they already
have agreements with publishers for several hundred journal titles. 

Paul M. Gherman
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