Re: SLACK price increases: Do the Constructive Thing Rothbaum, Ellen 13 Aug 2007 13:52 UTC
We always look very carefully at journal prices. If the usage does not justify price, it gets cancelled. There are no sacred cows in our library. We would cancel the New England Journal of Medicine if usage did not justify price. We do not have a site license for the American Medical Association journals for that reason. Publishers' online usage statistics make it possible for us to calculate what we call a "Bang for the Buck," (B4B) factor: the cost of the journal divided by the full-text displays. The B4B enables us to justify our two most expensive titles, which are $ 11,500 and $ 5,400 respectively. A lot of usage is convenience usage. Unless the person is doing a comprehensive review of a topic, or unless there is little information on a topic, the person does not pursue request an ILL. Rather than complain about the price increases, cancel the journals, BOTH print AND online. That is the language that publishers understand. If enough libraries do this, perhaps SLACK will ge the message. Ellen Rothbaum, MS, AHIP Assistant Director Daniel Carroll Payson Medical Library North Shore University Hospital 300 Community Drive Manhasset, NY 11030 firstname.lastname@example.org Tel: (516) 562-4324 Fax: (516) 562-2865 -----Original Message----- From: SERIALST: Serials in Libraries Discussion Forum [mailto:SERIALST@LIST.UVM.EDU] On Behalf Of Connie Foster Sent: Friday, August 10, 2007 9:43 AM To: SERIALST@LIST.UVM.EDU Subject: [SERIALST] SLACK price increases Has anyone else been aghast (or should we be surprised at any pricing these days) of the recent SLACK, Inc. 2008 model for print and print+online? Based on fte our print subscription, for example, to AAOHN is $224 and then the online with print goes to $2,240. The rest of the titles follow the same giant leap pattern ($250/$2500, etc.). I'm not real good at % but I think this is astronomical. And the sad thing is, like so many of these offers for free online with login, we just set up that mechanism for 2007, only to have that pulled away. Our health sciences librarian is pretty conscientious about following these offers and we try to accommodate when possible, but my basic instinct says not to do it. Just need company in my misery. Connie Foster -- ************************************************************************ ****************** Connie Foster, Professor and Head, Dept. of Library Technical Services Western Kentucky University Libraries Editor, Serials Review 1906 College Heights Blvd. #11067 Bowling Green KY 42101-1067 email@example.com tel:270-745-6151 fax:270-745-3958 "Creating Information Possibilities" TopSCHOLAR(tm) http://digitalcommons.wku.edu Electronic submission for authors at http://ees.elsevier.com/serrev http://sciencedirect.com/science/journal/00987913 --------------------------------------------------------------------------------- The information contained in this electronic e-mail transmission and any attachments are intended only for the use of the individual or entity to whom or to which it is addressed, and may contain information that is privileged, confidential and exempt from disclosure under applicable law. If the reader of this communication is not the intended recipient, or the employee or agent responsible for delivering this communication to the intended recipient, you are hereby notified that any dissemination, distribution, copying or disclosure of this communication and any attachment is strictly prohibited. If you have received this transmission in error, please notify the sender immediately by telephone and electronic mail, and delete the original communication and any attachment from any computer, server or other electronic recording or storage device or medium. Receipt by anyone other than the intended recipient is not a waiver of any attorney-client, physician-patient or other privilege. Thank you.