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1 HOW LIBRARIES WILL USE COUNTER David Goodman dgoodman@princeton.edu Palmer School of Library & Information Science Long Island University and Princeton University Library InfoToday New York May 6, 2003

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2 PURPOSES OF STATISTICS 1. Intelligent purchasing What to subscribe to What to buy per-item What to get on demand What not to get at all

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3 PURPOSES OF STATISTICS 2. Knowledge of use patterns Planning services Rapport with users Improving the literature Cooperation with publishers Developing alternatives

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4 The Goal of a Library is not to buy as little as possible and save all its money

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5 The Goal of a Library is to buy as much as possible and spend all its money (and thus satisfy all its users)

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6 Library Demand & Cost for Electronic Materials

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7 How Can the Library Cope? Not likely: Get more money Get lower prices Already accomplished: State or nation-wide pricing Suicidal: Not meet needs

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8 How Can the Library Cope? Not likely: Get more money Get lower prices Already accomplished: State or nation-wide pricing Suicidal: Not meet needs Finally possible: Meet needs intelligently

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9 Convenient Numerical Ratio 80/20 Eighty percent of the demand is met by Twenty percent of the material

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10 Convenient Numerical Ratio 80/20 Eighty percent of the demand is met by Twenty percent of the material all libraries have to do is to know which twenty percent

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11 Once we know... We'll subscribe to the 20 percent, buy the low use material by the item

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12 Once we know... We'll subscribe to the 20 percent, buy the low use material by the item, and then libraries will get everything the users will need, and publishers will sell everything worthwhile they produce

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14 T here will, of course, be some technical complications along the way

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See Peter Shepherd about that part

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