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Welcome to Walking the Walk December 8, 2003 You are here:. OhioLINK Cooperative Collection Development Walking the Walk. December 8,2003. How Libraries Can Succeed Despite the Odds. Libraries Must Succeed Despite the Odds Libraries Will Surely Hang Separately…But Not Necessarily Together

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Welcome to Walking the Walk

December 8, 2003 You are here:

how libraries can succeed despite the odds
How Libraries Can Succeed Despite the Odds
  • Libraries Must Succeed Despite the Odds
  • Libraries Will Surely Hang Separately…But Not Necessarily Together
  • Watch Out - The Light at the End of the Acquisitions Tunnel is a Train
  • Losing Ground Inch by Inch is Still Losing

“Before I refuse to take your questions, I have an opening statement.”Ronald Reagan

the future ain t what it used to be yogi berra
“The future ain’t what it used to be.”Yogi Berra

Let’s Look at the Odds?

Or

Why OhioLINK and

Why the Need to do More?

Council of

State

Governments

American

Council on

Education

a billion here a billion there and pretty soon you re talking about real money everett dirkson
“A billion here, a billion there, and pretty soon you’re talking about real money.”Everett Dirkson
  • Library funding as a % of Higher Ed spending has decreased.
  • Library funding compared to the growth in research funding and output has not kept pace.
  • Library funding compared to material price increases has not kept pace.
  • Library patron needs and expectations are more immediate and increasing.
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“No one would remember the Good Samaritan if he'd only had good intentions. He had money as well.”Margaret Thatcher

The Directors’ Refrains

  • “Please increase my budget so I can buy less information”
  • “Please increase my budget so I can buy a smaller share of the published information and research”
serials increase
SERIALS INCREASE
  • 1985/86 103,700 SERIALS TITLES
  • 1999 161,000 SERIALS TITLES
  • INCREASE 55%

SOURCE: ULRICH’S INTERNATIONAL PERIODICALS DIRECTORY

scholarly communication under siege
SCHOLARLY COMMUNICATION UNDER SIEGE

Since 1986. . .

+50% Number of serials published worldwide

- 6.5% North American research library serial collections

+50% Book production world-wide

- 26% North American research library acquisition of monographs

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“It isn't that they can't see the solution. It is that they can't see the problem.”G. K. Chesterton

Why Don’t We Do More Faster?

  • The Inertia of the individual library as the economic unit of limited print purchases
  • The Inertia of a mentality of use and need built on the static limitations of print
  • The Inertia of a world of forced physical and economic rationing - Gatekeepers
  • The Inertia of the “library in the vise grip”
  • The pain is sooo gradual….we’re used to it
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“If we want things to stay as they are, things will have to change.” Giuseppe di Lampedusa

Compelling reasons to think otherwise

  • Information resources are proliferating
  • More information access is required to be relevant/successful
  • Information costs are growing faster than individual library budgets
  • It’s priced such that individual libraries cannot leverage significantly greater access on limited funds
  • Ohio libraries DID NOT, DO NOT and WILL NOT have all the information resources their patrons need
we haven t got the money so we ve got to think ernest rutherford
“We haven’t got the money, so we’ve got to think!.”Ernest Rutherford
  • And we have thought otherwise
  • 1989 planning paper called for the Ohio program “to be the most powerful statewide library and information system in the nation.”
1989 planning paper vision
1989 planning paper vision:
  • Better access to and coordination in purchasing of our shared collections
  • Expanded access to electronic information resources
  • Improved and advantageous economies in the purchase and use of electronic information resources
  • Improved access to information infrastructure
  • The promotion of improved scholarly communications
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“One of the most dangerous forms of human error is forgetting what one is trying to achieve.”Paul Nitze
  • Economically sustainable, increased student and faculty access to and use of library provided information to support and improve instruction and research… as a consortium
rules are made for people who aren t willing to make up their own chuck yeager
“Rules are made for people who aren’t willing to make up their own.”Chuck Yeager
  • NEW RULES
  • Use the GROUP to Improve Unit Cost economies
  • Adopt a mentality of EXPANDING and EVOLVING USE which is highly elasticbased on ease of access
  • Buy content strategically – account for the impact of the group and multiple formats of access
  • Buy content strategically - allow for EXPANSION overRationing. Gateway rather than Gatekeeper
  • Buy content strategically - Look past the immediate vice grip
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“One of the most dangerous forms of human error is forgetting what one is trying to achieve.”Paul Nitze
  • Economically sustainable, increased student and faculty access to and use of library provided information to support and improve instruction and research… as a consortium
change is not made without inconvenience even from worse to better samuel johnson
“Change is not made without inconvenience, even from worse to better.”Samuel Johnson
  • Every solution has trade-offs – no panacea
  • Library operations and jobs will change
  • Library finances will change
  • Faculty relationships and expectations will change
  • License, terms, and conditions will change

“If we want things to stay as they are, things will have to change.” Giuseppe di Lampedusa

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OhioLINK’s Servicehave already accomplished a great deal so far…How do we do more…since there is more to do ???
how do we build a bigger better ejc
How do we build a bigger better EJC?
  • Money that would be spent anyway delivers 2x,3x,4x,6x,10x, 1000x
  • Costs controlled below market averages
  • Costs controlled with expanded rather than diminished content

8.0%

Est. 8.0%

7.7%

6.1%

4.5%

3.9%

2001 vs 2000

2002 vs 2001

2003 vs 2002

Average Annual Cost Increase for Journals Licensed Through OhioLINK

Average Annual Journal Cost Increase for Typical Academic Research College Library

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ELECTRONIC JOURNALS

REFERENCE/

RESEARCH

Vendors

DATABASES

journals

Dataware

EJC

Ebsco

ISI Web of Science

DB’s

Vendor Web DB’s

CENTRAL

Vendor images

CATALOG

HOW?

Vendor videos

-

ABC

CLIO

Institutional images

netLibrary

Safari

C

-

videos and audio

Healey Lit

Institutional

collections

ETD

-

E

-

Theses

&

ELECTRONIC

Dissertations.

BOOKS

DIGITAL

MEDIA

CENTER

to learn is no easy matter and to apply what one has learned even harder mao tse tung
“To learn is no easy matter and to apply what one has learned even harder.”Mao Tse-Tung
  • How?
  • By being committed to the “New Rules”
  • Regardless of format:
  • Improved Unit cost
  • Expansion over Rationing
  • Longer term view
  • By Exploiting what we already know: Tranformed economics and expanded usage dynamics overwhelm library differences = vested self-interest
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“One of the most dangerous forms of human error is forgetting what one is trying to achieve.”Paul Nitze
  • Economically sustainable, increased student and faculty access to and use of library provided information to support and improve instruction and research… as a consortium
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OhioLINK:

THE

INFORMATION

STRATEGY

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“I never think of the future. It comes soon enough.”Albert Einstein

“Bad business practices, if left uncorrected, will drive out good business practices.”Ralph Nader

”Why not upset the apple cart? If you don’t, the apples will rot anyway.”Frank Clark

“Change is not made without inconvenience, even from worse to better.”Samuel Johnson