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Re: Interlibrary loan and elect

Although the history of delivered information is transactionally based, I
believe we are seeing the emergence of bundles of information. Substantial
portions of journals, mainly articles, are now available in electronic
form, in conjunction with an index from EBSCO, UMI, IAC.  Publishers, such
as Elsevier and Springer are talking about offering subject oriented
services which include full text of journals along with other resources.
Engineering Information is thinking about adding full text to their
one-stop-shop for information of interest to engineers. 

I anticipate by early next year, there will be an increase in the amount
of information targeted at specific subject areas, combing articles,
journals, reports, etc. from a variety of sources.  This will be another
option to pay by the drink as these services are fee based subscrptions. 
Judy Luther
Market Development Services
Judy Luther,  MLS, MBA			610-645-7546 tel
102 West Montgomery Ave. #B		610-645-5251 fax
Ardmore  PA  19003

Auld, Dennis wrote:

> Steve Heller brings up a point that I have a concern about, the
> replacement of subscription economic models by an article level supply and
> demand economic model.  If this becomes the direction for more commercial
> oriented documents, the STM esoteric field would not benefit from this
> model.  Heller raises the $1000 article, which could well happen. If that
> is the case, would the field develop, and publish the articles which, at
> the moment, do not appear to have economic value, but later on would be
> the thought provoker for something significant? As more and more public
> funding is replaced by private funding for research, will this affect an
> undesirable outcome of when, and what will be published?
> As we move from a print distribution system to an electronic distribution
> system, we must remember that the history and orientation of the delivery
> medium is transactional based, used to packaging, distributing, and
> accounting for items on a transactional basis.
> Perhaps we need to step back and look at the entire process, from funding
> of research to delivery of its results, to see what the appropriate
> paradigms should be. One help in determining that would be to get a better
> base of information. One cannot get an accumulative perspective of the
> volumn of ILL that happens on an annual basis. One is forced to put
> together many bits and pieces. One cannot find any analyses on user
> behavior in relation to the use of computerized systems to search,
> identify, request, and obtain documents that fulfill a requirement. There
> are several tests going on at institutions that are replacing
> subscriptions with document delivery. More published results of these
> experiments would be of help.
> In sum, there are many players with high stakes in this scenario. It may
> be painful to some, but gethering a more cohesive base of data, in key
> areas, would certainly help a lot.
> Dennis Auld
> Director, PsycINFO
> American Psychological Association
> 750 First St. NE
> Washington, DC, 20002
> Phone: 202-336-5636  Fax: 202-336-5633
> E-mail:
> *********Forwarded Message Follows
> As i see it, right now publishers survive by selling subscriptions for
> everything that gets into their journals.  All of it may (should) be of
> scholarly quality, but most of it is read only only by the author(s),
> reviwers, and copy editor.  So you are really buying dozens or hundreds
> of articles for the 1-2 you really want.  For a good journal in science
> this comes to $500 + per useful article.
> Go to a fee for each article makes sense in some ways, but when publsiher
> xyz decides to charge $1000 for each each article (knowing they will sell
> very few), what will people do?
> Publishers have a certain overhead and try (or do) make a profit.  Divide
> the number of subscriptions by their desired income and you get the price
> of a current journal.  Divide the number by a few articles and you get a
> higher number.  Of course, if this was the real world, there would be
> downsizing and cost cutting so that there was not the need for a high
> level of income to produce the same profit.  But we are dealing with 5
> year olds who want their way, don't listen, and know everything (i.e,
> scholars who feel they need to publish in a high price journal or
> perish).
> One of these days someone will have to tell them to grow up before they
> bankrupt the libraies of this world.
> Steve Heller, USDA, ARS, Plant Genome Project
> Bldg. 005, Room 337
> Beltsville, MD 20705-2350 USA
> Phone: 301-504-6055   FAX: 301-504-6231
> E-mail:
> WWW:
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