Re: Restructuring Online Tiers/Pricing Changes Diane Westerfield 06 May 2014 15:43 UTC

A little plain speaking:

We small institutions have trouble with over 5% increases as well. You may wish to step institutions up gradually into the tiers you want.

I concur that since our budget usually doesn't increase even 5% each year, annual increases force us to cancel lesser-used databases (we canceled ~$20,000 worth this year). Eventually we will have to look at individual journal subscriptions; in the not so distant future we may have to go to Pay Per View models for some of our journal packages. The journal publishing industry is eating its own tail by hiking prices drastically every year.

Academic institutions are generally unwilling to cut athletic teams or stop building climbing walls in order to give more money to the library. Higher education has become very competitive. Schools are usually more interested in investing big money on visible enticements for prospective students and alumni, rather than beefing up the library's ethereal electronic holdings.

To the vendors who hold increases to 5% or below: thank you!

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Diane Westerfield, Electronic Resources & Serials Librarian
Tutt Library, Colorado College
diane.westerfield@coloradocollege.edu
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As a person from a larger institution, I can concur price increases of more than 5% need to be advertised well in advance and have a clear justification of the expense. Larger institutions may have larger budgets and more usage than smaller institutions, but our budgets are up against the same constraints as everybody else's, so big increases usually cannot be absorbed, but instead force us to chose between resources.  - Sincerely, Kate Seago, University of Kentucky.

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Hi Daniel,
Thanks for asking! Here are a few of my thoughts.

Increases of more than 5-7% are beyond what can be absorbed. I can't speak for large institutions, but a 20% increase should be publicized a year in advance so budget preparations can be made.

And please use FTE not usage or Carnegie classification on which to base your tiers. There are many institutions with small Chemistry departments requiring your resource.

Linda Wobbe
Saint Mary's College of CA

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> On May 5, 2014, at 7:57 PM, Daniel Reiss <DReiss@AOAC.ORG> wrote:
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> Hello all,
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> I’m writing on behalf of AOAC INTERNATIONAL, a not-for-profit association and global voluntary consensus standards developing organization.  Among other professional services, AOAC publishes a renowned peer-reviewed scientific journal; the Journal of AOAC INTERNATIONAL as well as the Official Methods of Analysis of AOAC INTERNATIONAL.  Each are offered in both print and online editions.
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> I’m posting in this forum in an attempt to gauge the potential reaction to an upcoming change in our tiers and pricing for access to our online content.
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> To date we offer annual subscription to online content via essentially 3 tiers of license: individual use-only, small or single-site shared access, and everything else.  "Everything else" essentially means anything goes; universal access is permitted among all authorized users.  Multinational organizations, public libraries, academic institutions and multi-site institutions all fall under this category under our existing pricing structure.  We are hoping to more clearly define and more fairly price/value our product for our "everything else" subscribers.  This change is to be implemented by 2015.  Subscribers to be notified around June 1.
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> Through this forum I'm hoping to obtain some insight as to others' experiences with (or reaction to) implementation of the following:
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> Publisher's creation of additional tiers/price points and re-categorizing existing subscribers.
> Price increase of 20% or more for the top tier, affecting the biggest
> users Issues with reseller agencies?
> Other questions or factors worth considering?
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> Thanks for reading and for sharing your thoughts.
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> Daniel
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