At 01:23 PM 2/11/2006, you wrote:
>I'm okay with paying a reasonable higher price for digital access, but
>cost aside, digital rights that have to be renewed create a purchasing
>problem because I am no longer making a one-time purchase.
>Anything with an ongoing cost is considered a serial, with ongoing staff
>time as well as ongoing financial commitments. It will be treated the
>same as if we were purchasing access to a journal database.
>So, in order to purchase digital rights with a time limit, I lose a lot
>of my autonomy in making purchasing decisions. I am going to have to go
>make my case to our Serials Review Committee - who are going to ask all
>the same questions that we're asking (while also getting over the
>sticker shock of how much many educational videos cost in the first
>place). Other questions they will ask - Whose budget is going to pay
>for the renewal? Who will keep track of the length of the license? Who
>will decide whether to continue access? Who is responsible for making
>sure the renewal gets paid? What if we decide that our budget can't
>absorb the renewal costs?
>Will I be looking at acquiring digital access? Yes.
>Are we jumping in? Not yet.
>Will perpetual access be a selling point? Definitely.
>Media Services Librarian
>Minnesota State University-Mankato
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