Unwrapping the Bundle: An Examination of Research Libraries and the "Big Deal"

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Title: Unwrapping the Bundle: An Examination of Research Libraries and the "Big Deal"
Creators: Strieb, Karla L.; Blixrud, Julia C.
Keywords: journal bundles
time series
Association of Research Libraries (ARL)
Big Deal
price models
Issue Date: 2014
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
Citation: Strieb, KL, Blixrud, JC. "Unwrapping the Bundle: An Examination of Research Libraries and the ‘Big Deal’." portal: Libraries and the Academy 14, no. 4 (2014): 587-615. DOI: 10.1353/pla.2014.0027
DOI: 10.1353/pla.2014.0027
Abstract: This study presents and analyzes the findings of a 2012 survey of member libraries belonging to the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) on publishers’ large journal bundles and compares the results to earlier surveys. The data illuminate five research questions: market penetration, journal bundle construction, collection format shifts, pricing models, and license terms. The structure of the product is still immature, particularly in defining content and developing sustainable pricing models. The typical “bundle” is something less than the full publisher’s list. Neither market studies nor market forces have produced a sustainable new strategy for pricing and selling e-journals. Finally, a complex history of managing license terms is revealed in the data.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1811/59293
Embargo: Publisher allows immediate open access
Rights: Copyright © 2014 The Johns Hopkins University Press. This article first appeared in PORTAL: LIBRARIES AND THE ACADEMY, Volume 14, Issue 4, Oct., 2014.
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