Intro to Managing Serials with Net Cost Per Paid Use

Wednesday, 2/26/2020
  • 2:00 PM-3:00 PM (Eastern)
  • 1:00 PM-2:00 PM (Central)
  • 12:00 PM-1:00 PM (Mountain)
  • 11:00 AM-12:00 PM (Pacific)

This webinar will introduce a new metric for evaluating the cost effectiveness of Serials: Net Cost Per Paid Use (NCPPU). NCPPU goes beyond the standard Cost Per Use calculation to exclude free content (OA and back catalog), incorporate ILL costs, and value citation and authorship.

Learning Outcomes

At the end of the webinar, attendees will:

  • understand what net cost per paid use (NCPPU) is
  • understand the pros and cons of using NCPPU instead of the more common Cost Per Use for managing serials
  • be able to calculate NCPPU for their institution

Who Should Attend

Academic librarians looking to improve the evaluation of their serials, either with an eye to saving money (by unsubscribing from journals which aren't cost effective) or regaining control of their budgets


Dr. Heather Piwowar is a cofounder of Our Research, the nonprofit behind Unpaywall. Unpaywall powers the Open Access links in major discovery systems (Scopus, Web of Science) and the free browser extension used by more than 250,000 people worldwide. Heather got her bachelors and masters at MIT, worked as a computer programmer for 10 years, went back to school for her Ph.D, and has been an advocate for open science ever since.







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ALCTS Member (individual) 43
Nonmember (individual)       59
Groups. Applies to group of people that will watch the webinar together from one access point.     129

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