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ER&L 2012

April 1–4, 2012

Austin, Texas

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Challenging the Big Deal: A Case Study From The UK

Monday, April 2, 2012 at 4:50 PM–5:35 PM Central Time (US & Canada)
Amphitheater 204

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Collection Development and Assessment


"Big Deal" "ejournal metrics"

Learning Objectives

discuss the implications of rejecting publisher "big deals" demonstrate an understanding of the issues to consider when evaluating "big deals"


This case study describes the model used by thirty UK libraries to evaluate the impact of cancelling their subscriptions to the Elsevier and Wiley-Blackwell Big Deals. The assumption that Big Deals are always the most cost effective method of providing immediate access to journal articles proved to be incorrect.


Mr David Beales, California Polytechnic State University