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“Deal or No Deal? Evaluating Big Deals and Their Journals”

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Title: “Deal or No Deal? Evaluating Big Deals and Their Journals”
Author(s): Blecic, Deborah D.; Wiberley, Stephen E., Jr.; Fiscella, Joan B.; Bahnmaier-Blaszczak, Sara; Lowery, Rebecca
Abstract: This paper presents methods to develop metrics that compare Big Deal journal packages and the journals within those packages. Deal-level metrics guide selection of a Big Deal for termination. Journal-level metrics guide selection of individual subscriptions from journals previously provided by a terminated deal. The paper argues that, while the proposed metrics provide helpful quantitative data for comparative analysis, selection of individual subscriptions must also involve informed judgment about a library’s subject coverage needs and alternative sources of access. The paper also discusses how replacing a Big Deal with a reduced number of individual subscriptions may affect the collections budget, use of other resources, and interlibrary loan.
Issue Date: 2013-03
Publisher: Association of College and Research Libraries
Citation Info: Deborah D. Blecic, Stephen E. Wiberley, Jr., Joan B. Fiscella, Sara Bahnmaier-Blaszczak, and Rebecca Lowery, “Deal or No Deal? Evaluating Big Deals and Their Journals,” College & Research Libraries 74:178-194 (March 2013)
Type: Article
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10027/9847
ISSN: 0010-08702150-6701
Date Available in INDIGO: 2013-04-06
 

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