Announcement: ALCTS Discussion Group, Saturday, June 23: EContent Pricing 2.0 Chamberlain, Clinton K. 29 May 2007 18:45 UTC

ALCTS Discussion Group, Saturday, June 23:  EContent Pricing 2.0

If you're attending the ALA Annual Conference in Washington, DC, and you
are interested in the issues surrounding pricing of electronic content,
please join our discussion group.  Now that we have been experimenting
with new kinds of pricing models for at least a decade, what have we
learned?  What do publishers consider in constructing pricing models and
setting prices? What changes have been made or are still needed?  Are
there downsides to emerging pricing models, like tier based pricing?
Could value based pricing offer a feasible alternative? What are the
points of disagreement between librarians and publishers, and where
might we go from here?

Our panelists and their topics of discussion are:

*	Ivy Anderson, Director of Collections, California Digital
Library, will discuss value-based pricing.  She is one of the authors of
a white paper on this subject.*
*	Karla Hahn, Director, Office of Scholarly Communication, ARL,
will explore what happens to prices when a tier-based pricing model is
introduced and considers potential pitfalls for the library market.**
*	Judy Holoviak, Deputy Executive Director and Director,
Publications, American Geophysical Union, will describe the evolution of
AGU's pricing and licensing and why tier-based pricing is useful.
*	Geoff Worton, Global Head, Site License Business Unit, Nature
Publishing Group, will discuss pricing and licensing from a commercial
publishing perspective, while addressing issues NPG has faced.

This meeting of the ALCTS SS Journal Costs in Academic Libraries
Discussion Group takes place Saturday, June 23rd, from 4-6 pm in the
Washington Convention Center, room 156.  Please come to learn and

Citations to the papers referenced follow:

*The Promise of Value-based Journal Prices and Negotations, January 2007

**Tiered Pricing: Implications for Library Collections, portal:
Libraries and the Academy - Volume 5, Number 2, April 2005, pp. 151-163

For more information, please contact:

Clint Chamberlain

Vice-Chair, ALCTS SS Journal Costs in Academic Libraries Discussion

Assistant Professor, E-Access/Serials Librarian

Trinity University, Elizabeth Huth Coates Library

One Trinity Place

San Antonio, Texas  78212-7200

Office: (210) 999-7613  Fax: (210) 999-8182