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PRG Publishes 'The Survey of Library Database Licensing Practices'

Primary Research Group has published The Survey of Library Database Licensing Practices, ISBN 157440-160-2. The 115-page report looks closely at how 70 academic, special, and public libraries in the U.S., the U.K., continental Europe, Canada, and Australia plan their database licensing practices. The report also covers the impact of digital repositories and open access publishing on database licensing.

Among the many issues covered: database licensing volume, use of consortiums, consortium development plans, satisfaction levels with the coverage of podcasts, video, listservs, blogs and wikis in full text databases, spending levels on various types of content, such as electronic journals, article databases, and directories, perceptions of price increases for various types of subject matter, legal disputes between publishers and libraries, contract language, impact of mobile computing, and other issues. Data is broken out by size and type of library.

Among the study’s findings are the following:

  • The libraries in the sample spent a mean of $1.259 million USA for content licensed in electronic or joint electronic print format in 2010.
  • Libraries in the sample were more interested in seeing videos and podcasts indexed in databases than listservs, wikis, blogs, or other cybermaterials.
  • Consortium contracts account for a mean of 43.72% of libraries’ total licenses for electronic content.
  • 17% of higher education libraries in the sample have paid a journal processing fee for an author.
  • Prices for journals and market research rose the most in the past year.
  • Libraries in the sample required a mean of 7.74 hours of legal assistance in contract disputes though the range was 0 to 200 hours.
  • Less than 10% of higher education libraries use ebook lending services, and all were very large libraries.
  • Nearly 43% of libraries with annual licensed electronic content spending of greater than $1.2 million annually track patron use of open access journals.
  • Digital repositories now account for 17% of the journal articles obtained when libraries need an article that is not in their own collection.

The report is available for $89.50 from Primary Research Group or through major book distributors. Site licenses are also available.

Source: Primary Research Group (with a hat tip to ResourceShelf for spotting it)

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Posted By Loretta Gharst4/25/2011 12:10:50 AM

In my experience, there are a number of problems for libraries with database licensing. The terms vary from vendor to vendor; the focus is on limiting access defining approved access as "non commercial, personal use" which really doesn't fit libraries who traditionally supply "shared access to limited resources;" and contracts don't take into account the impact of mobile applications on archaic licensing defining use as in the facility or at home on a personal PC.

It would be most helpful if libraries could come up with a standard database licensing contract and pricing model that fits library needs and have vendors use that when dealing with libraries.

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