RUSA (Reference & User Services Division of ALA) sponsored a panel discussion of the product development of electronic reference products. Â It was organized by RUSA, with Joseph Yue of the University of California at the lead and moderated by Â Kay Cassell from Rutgers SLIS. Â The panel included Frank Menchaca from Gale/Cengage, Rolf Janke from SAGE Reference, Â 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. Â The comments of all 4 panelists are summarized below, by topic. Continue reading The A to Z of Electronic Reference Product Development – ALA session summary
Very interesting post in SSP’s Scholarly Kitchen from June 14th – “The Latest Library As Purchaser Crisis:Â Are WeÂ Fighting the Wrong Battle?” by Kent Anderson.Â Â Anderson discusses the site licensing issues between libraries and publishers, using examples from Nature, Elsevier, and Univ. of California system.Â 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.Â 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 preferredÂ business model for eBooks in academic libraries.Â 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 â€œConversationâ€
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 todayâ€™s deluge of digital data.
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