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RE: Online journal statistics

It is obvious why they, and the rest of the journal vendors, do not want
to supply us with these types of statistics. If we have proof that certain
titles are not being used, we may cancel those titles. This would be the
first pebble in the avalance to acquiring ejournals on a title by title
basis. The vendors want to sell 'packages' which benefits them. If we can
say that we do not want something because of low use, they lose their
sales edge. Statistics give us an edge and they do not want to give us the
information bullet. Some of the vendors may be moving in our direction,
but that is because they see the long term benefit of keeping their
customers happy.

Kennith Slagle
Head of Collection Services
University Library
New Mexico State University
Box 30006/Dept. 3475
Las Cruces, NM  88003-8006
Phone: 505-646-4228
FAX:   505-646-7477
Email: keslagle@lib.NMSU.edu