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Making the Switch from Print to Online. When, Why and How? A Publisher’s Perspective. Noella D. Owen Academic Licensing Manager noella.owen@springer.com 212-620-8088. When?. 1994 Beginning of the World Wide Web Changes in the way we search for information.

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making the switch from print to online when why and how a publisher s perspective

Making the Switch from Print to Online. When, Why and How?A Publisher’s Perspective.

Noella D. Owen

Academic Licensing Manager

noella.owen@springer.com

212-620-8088

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When?
  • 1994
    • Beginning of the World Wide Web
    • Changes in the way we search for information.
  • Overall , electronic journal subscriptions are on the rise
    • 5% electronic subscriptions in 1995
    • 37% electronic subscriptions in 2006
  • Significant shift in 2008.
why not
Why Not?
  • Financial
    • Shipping and handling costs are 5% to 8% per title
    • Binding Costs
    • Storage Space
  • Accessibility - Discoverability
    • Print journals have lower use
    • No concurrent usage with print journals or books
    • End user is limited to being physically in the library to access journals
    • Online access may present opportunities to obtain content that end user did not know was available.
  • Threat of theft of damage
    • Floods, fires and sticky fingers…
why bother
Why bother???
  • Aversion to converting to electronic only due to archive policies.
  • Resistance from faculty and staff to eliminate print subscriptions.
  • Usage behavior of certain types of researchers.
  • Finding content via OPAC and searching databases is not always intuitive to end user community.
  • The perception that having a tangible copy is easier for an end user to browse.
  • Some say it’s difficult to allocate costs for electronic journals.
why the push for electronic only
Why the push for electronic only?
  • Types of subscriptions
    • Print only
    • Print plus free electronic
    • Print plus enhanced access
    • Electronic only
  • Managing the types of subscriptions requires a lot of staff hours.
  • Managing subscriptions take a lot of coordination between library, publisher and agent.
  • Lots of coordination may result in lots of delays.
  • Negotiating with consortia – one point person over fifty.
benefits of electronic subscriptions
Benefits of Electronic Subscriptions
  • One time savings in migrating from print to electronic journals.
  • Automatic contemporary journal archive with access back to 1997
  • In many cases, access to more content than to what your library currently subscribes.
  • In many cases, consortium members pay considerably less than list price for their subscriptions.
  • Greater access for end users.
  • No limits on concurrent users.
  • Use in course packs, eReserves and ILL.
  • Package prices are more cost effective than a la carte purchases.
  • No DRM.
ejournals usage 2006 2008

SpringerLink Fulltext Article Downloads 2006-08

Statistics

eJournals Usage 2006-2008

10

9.2

9.3

9

8

7

2006

5.8

6

5.3

2007

2008

5

Fulltext downloads in millions

4

3

2

1

Jan

Feb

Mar

Apr

May

Jun

Jul

Aug

Sep

Oct

Nov

Dec

Usage accelerates in 2007: ~ 75 million downloads

ebooks usage 2007 2008

SpringerLink Fulltext Chapter Downloads 2007-08

Statistics

eBooks Usage 2007-2008

5

4.2

4

3.7

3.6

2007

3

2008

2.4

Fulltext downloads in millions

2

1

Jan

Feb

Mar

Apr

May

Jun

Jul

Aug

Sep

Oct

Nov

Dec

Usage total in 2007: 25.2 mio downloads; Q1 08 10 Mio = Already 50% of Journal usage

some challenges with electronic subscriptions
Some Challenges with Electronic Subscriptions
  • Licensing
  • Aversion to multi-year arrangements
  • Aversion to “Big Deals”
  • Allocating costs of journals.
  • Fear of future budges and sustainability of big deal packages.
  • Packages – prefer a la carte purchases. Especially for eBooks
  • Staffing issues – more costly for electronic subscriptions.
the future of print
The Future of Print
  • Print is not going to go away. Completely.
  • Springer has no intention of eliminating print in the near future.
  • The world is going green. This may impact the way print is produced. Smaller print runs.
  • Springer is exploring “print on demand” options.
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Thank you for your time!

Questions or Comments? Contact me:

(noella.owen@springer.com)

useful websites
Useful Websites.
  • Montgomery, Carol Hansen, and Donald W. King. “Comparing Library and User Related Costs of Print and Electronic Journal Subscriptions. A First Step Towards a Comprehensive Analysis”. D Lib Magazine. October, 2002. Volume 8 Number 10. http://www.dlib.org/dlib/october02/montgomery/10montgomery.html
  • Case, Mary M. “A Snapshot in Time. ARL Libraries and Electronic Journal Resources”.http://www.arl.org/resources/pubs/br/asit.shtml