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The Librarians' Dilemma: Contemplating the Costs of the 'Big Deal'

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Type: Journal Article
Author: Frazier, Kenneth
Journal: D-Lib Magazine
Volume: 7
Date: 2001
URI: https://hdl.handle.net/10535/5965
Sector: Information & Knowledge
Subject(s): information
prisoner's dilemma
public goods and bads
game theory
Abstract: "Simply put, the Big Deal is an online aggregation of journals that publishers offer as a one-price, one size fits all package. In the Big Deal, libraries agree to buy electronic access to all of a commercial publisher's journals for a price based on current payments to that publisher, plus some increment. Under the terms of the contract, annual price increases are capped for a number of years."

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