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ER&L 2012

April 1–4, 2012

Austin, Texas

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Exploring ideas, trends and technologies in eresources and digital services.

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Discussion: Saying NO to the Big Deal

Tuesday, April 3, 2012 at 2:40 PM–3:25 PM Central Time (US & Canada)
Salon A/B

#bigdeal #erl12


Collection Development and Assessment


Deselection, Big deal

Learning Objectives

Analyze  publishers' "big deals" based on usage data (from publisher as well as google analytics)  and overlap analysis, and to evaluate cost per use vs cost per title


This session is a Discussion Session led by the presenter.  Publishers "Big Deals" were supposed to give libraries access to large title sets at economically feasible pricing. However, if the collection does not meet the library patrons' needs (based on usage statistics), and subscription requirements are inflexible, how and when does the deal become untenable?


Jane Brodsky Fitzpatrick, CUNY Graduate Center, Mina Rees Library