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A Thousand Points of Price

Magazine article Information Today

A Thousand Points of Price

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Despite the early hour (the briefing started at 7:30 on a Sunday morning), officials from both library consortia and key academic institutions turned out in numbers during the ALA meeting to hear the latest on the new pricing initiatives being instituted by Project MUSE for its humanities and social science digital journal collection. As reported earlier this year by Project MUSE officials, a study by industry consultants October Ivins and Judy Luther has determined that librarians prefer flexibility and fairness in pricing. As a result, Project MUSE will be adopting a multi-tiered pricing formula.

The model for Project MUSE includes five tiers, based on the Carnegie Classification System for academic institution ranking, and four usage-based dimensions, making 16 price points in all. But, no matter how you stack and rack it, the net result will be a 25-percent price increase for MUSE subscribers. The increase will be phased in over 3 years.

Why the hike? …

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