Electronic Resources Pricing: A Variety of Models

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Christine M. Fischer, Head of Technical Services and Associate Professor (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
Web Site: http://library.uncg.edu/

Abstract: Building and maintaining library collections is increasingly complex. Determining pricing for physical resources actually housed in the bricks and mortar facility is relatively simple. In contrast, libraries must select electronic resources that range from databases to online journals to e-books, and these information tools are purchased using pricing models that tax every library with their variability. Are we to be charged by use, individual title, or package? Is our institution quoted a charge based upon enrollment as a whole or the number affiliated with the program for a specialized resource? The possibilities seem to be growing as libraries, publishers, subscription vendors, aggregators, and others continue to respond to the changing information resource and access environment.

Additional Information

Against the Grain 18.3 (2006): 18-22
Language: English
Date: 2006
Library collections, Collection management, Academic libraries, Electronic resources, Pricing

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