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Will It Blend? A Practical Approach To Evaluating The Big Deal, David J. Beales, Nikki DeMoville 2013 SelectedWorks

Will It Blend? A Practical Approach To Evaluating The Big Deal, David J. Beales, Nikki Demoville

David J Beales

This presentation describes a new approach to evaluating Big Deal packages. This approach enables librarians to negotiate with publishers more effectively by comparing the cost per download of package titles with the expected cost per download of competing publishers’ titles currently provided through interlibrary loan. The element of competition compensates for the effect of inflated journal list prices and, in some cases, will show that a Big Deal package is not the most cost effective way to provide access to articles.

The model uses a publisher’s list price and JR1 data for all titles within a package to sort ...


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