RUSA (Reference & User Services Division of ALA) sponsored a panel discussion of the product development of electronic reference products. It was organized by RUSA, with Joseph Yue of the University of California at the lead and moderated by Kay Cassell from Rutgers SLIS. The panel included Frank Menchaca from Gale/Cengage, Rolf Janke from SAGE Reference, Kevin Ohe from ABC-CLIO, and Mike Hermann from Greenwood.
Panelists discussed a variety of topics including: how product topics are selected and the role of librarians in that selection, technology expenses, time needed for product development, how items are priced, and the use of online products. The comments of all 4 panelists are summarized below, by topic. Continue reading
Very interesting post in SSP’s Scholarly Kitchen from June 14th – “The Latest Library As Purchaser Crisis: Are We Fighting the Wrong Battle?” by Kent Anderson. Anderson discusses the site licensing issues between libraries and publishers, using examples from Nature, Elsevier, and Univ. of California system. He says, ” The fatal flaw of site licensing is that it pits traditional allies against each other, effectively putting libraries and publishers on opposing teams. This flaw points out how non-strategic site licensing has been for libraries and publishers.”
Here is a link to the University of California letter to faculty concerning this issue.
Site licensing appears to be the preferred business model for eBooks in academic libraries. Are we making a mistake?
Received this information from an OCLC Press Release:
Blue Ribbon Task Force to Host Symposium on Economics of Sustaining Digital Information
Government, Industry, Academic Leaders Featured in Public “Conversation”
April 1, 2010 in Washington, D.C.
The Blue Ribbon Task Force on Sustainable Digital Preservation and Access (BRTF-SDPA) will hold a one-day symposium convening a diverse group of speakers from the academic, private, and public sectors to discuss one of the most pressing issues of the Information Age: identifying practical solutions to the economic challenges of preserving today’s deluge of digital data.