Primary Research Group has published The Survey of Library Database Licensing Practices, 2013 Edition, ISBN 978-1-57440-248-3.
study looks closely at the database licensing practices of major
academic and research libraries, examining issues such as disputes with
vendors, purchasing plans, spending volume, impact of open access
journals, staff time related to database purchases, and many other
issues of interest to acquisitions and licensing librarians and others
involved in intellectual property purchasing. Among the issues covered
are: spending plans for ebooks, electronic directories, electronic
journals, index databases; current and projected spending broken down by
subject area; use of attorneys in disputes with database vendors, and
Just a few of the study’s major findings are that:
Libraries in the sample spent a mean of approximately $6,500 for
journal articles that are not part of any subscription, less than 2% of
spending for subscribed journals.
More than a quarter of libraries sampled make “extensive use” of
the free access to back issues now offered by many journal publishers.
58.82% of those surveyed say that they have never had any serious
problems with database vendors adhering to contract terms regarding
downtime, product availability and timeliness, billing, perpetual
access, and other contractual terms.
For a free excerpt, table of contents and list of survey participants, or to place an order, visit our website at www.PrimaryResearch.com. +Stephen Akintunde +Samuel Eyitayo +Ayodele Alonge +Michael Pate +Roselyn Subair