College Science Librarians Discussion Group - Replacing Subscriptions: Article Access Via Pay Per View


Sunday June 24, 2007 1:30 am-3:30 pm

Capitol Hilton, Senate Room, Washington DC


Is your library seeking a way to stay within its materials budget and still satisfy the needs of student and faculty for access to periodical articles? The Trinity University Library cancelled subscriptions from one major publisher and switched to a pay-per-view model. In this discussion, Trinity librarians will address budgetary dilemmas, public relations, faculty input, and student issues in a pay-per-view environment. A representative from the APA will offer comments from the professional society and publishing point of view.


It was a joint session sponsored by the College Science Librarians Discussion Group and the ALCTS Serials Section Journal Costs in Libraries Discussion Group. Trinity University Librarians Clint Chamberlain and Barbara MacAlpine discussed their experience with a switch from subscription based journal access to a pay per view model. Trinity University cancelled all journals from a major science publisher. They allowed their faculty full access to online articles by going to the publisher's journals platform and clicking on the articles they needed. This pay per view model saved money by paying only for articles that were needed and eliminated the necessity to take a "package" of journals, many of which would have minimal use. Clint and Barbara explained the budgetary considerations, public relations, faculty input and student issues involved in this decision. Two guest speakers presented the publishers point of view on pay per view access. Linda Beebe (Senior Director of PsycInfo database) offered the point of view of the American Psychological Association and Claire Ginn Winthrop (Director of Library Services at Ingenta), explained how the vendor can serve as a provider for both the libraries and publishers. The guest speakers presented their thoughts about the future of journal publishing and how the current models will change rapidly as the online access continues to grow. Librarians in the audience asked Clint and Barbara about how well the program is working and offered some insights from experiences at their institution. About 60 people attended this lively and important session on an issue that is of concern to all academic libraries.