[Lyrarl] 2015 Project MUSE/UPCC eBook Collections Offer

Linda DiBiase ldibiase at uw.edu
Tue Feb 17 16:19:11 EST 2015

Thanks, Celeste, for clarifying these matters.  I know you have and are
continuing to work hard on the behalf of the ARL community.  As we make our
purchase decision on MUSE, we will be weighing the trade-offs, fiscal and


More later,




From: lyrarl-bounces at lyralists.lyrasis.org
[mailto:lyrarl-bounces at lyralists.lyrasis.org] On Behalf Of Celeste Feather
Sent: Tuesday, February 17, 2015 12:59 PM
To: LYRASIS ARL Collection Development Contacts
Subject: Re: [Lyrarl] 2015 Project MUSE/UPCC eBook Collections Offer




You've hit upon the largest remaining issue that confronts us in our ongoing
work with the university press aggregators. We've reached agreement to ARL
license terms and have negotiated pricing to the maximum extent using the
leverage of the ARL library community.


The next key question that needs to be addressed is how libraries can make
certain that they get all of the titles from a university press that they
want, and avoid the purchase of multiple copies (print or online) unless
they are needed. When the presses are not able to put their entire title
output on a single site, tracking the availability of titles from multiple
locations becomes a challenge for research libraries.


Our three ARL Licensing Initiative aggregators have been discussing this
matter with us for the past 3 years. There are multiple ways of addressing
the issue, and a variety of options are being actively explored among them.


With respect to Project MUSE and YBP, as you mention below, I am aware that
very recently YBP has proposed a fee-based structure as an added cost to the
content fee for the MUSE collections so that they can provide title level
tracking services via GOBI. It is my understanding that YBP requires the
order to be placed directly with them for these services to be available. 


The ARL/LYRASIS licenses that we have signed with the university press
aggregators obligate LYRASIS to perform certain duties. The licenses
therefore can only cover the orders that are placed through LYRASIS. If you
place an order with YBP, you will need to make alternative arrangements
regarding the license. I will also note that as the ARL agent, LYRASIS will
not be able to retrieve usage data from Project MUSE for your institution
for collections purchased through other channels.


Per the terms of the ARL license agreements, the pricing for these offers is
not confidential.  The 2015 MUSE pricing is available at
http://bit.ly/2015MUSEARLPricing. This pricing sets forth the content fee
that LYRASIS sends to Project MUSE, and also a transparent administrative
fee that covers the work LYRASIS performs on behalf of ARL to negotiate and
administer the offers. If an institution were to acquire this content
directly from Project MUSE, the cost would be higher than the sum of the
content fees in this pricing schedule and the LYRASIS administrative fee. 


Discussion on or off list is welcome, as always.










From: lyrarl-bounces at lyralists.lyrasis.org
[mailto:lyrarl-bounces at lyralists.lyrasis.org] On Behalf Of Linda DiBiase
Sent: Tuesday, February 17, 2015 2:55 PM
To: 'LYRASIS ARL Collection Development Contacts'
Subject: [Lyrarl] 2015 Project MUSE/UPCC eBook Collections Offer




  After haranguing our vendor YBP and Project MUSE for years, it seems as if
they have settled their differences and it will now be possible to purchase
entire MUSE  collections through YBP.  I have told YBP I am willing to pay a
"reasonable" premium for their value-added services, but before they can
give me a quote, they have asked to know what we would pay for the MUSE
collections through Lyrasis.  I have not responded to them and of course
would only share the pricing with your permission.  


  If this is confidential, then I am thinking of sharing what we paid last
year.  I think as a public institution this information is not confidential;
my (retired/re-employed) colleague Tim Jewell could confirm this for me.


  Relative to our plans for MUSE, we are still hoping to purchase the entire
2015 collection, though I am looking at our usage stats to target which
collections have been the most used by us should our FY2016 budget
projections turn gloomy.  I have the March 31st deadline firmly in mind.


  Thanks for getting back to me on this, Celeste.  Hope you are doing well!




Linda Teresa Di Biase

Collection Development Librarian

University of Washington Libraries

Box 352900

Seattle, WA 98195-2900

T: (206) 543-9784  F: (206) 616-2380

Office hours: Tu Wed Th 8-4




From: Uwlib-eresources [
<mailto:uwlib-eresources-bounces at mailman11.u.washington.edu>
mailto:uwlib-eresources-bounces at mailman11.u.washington.edu] On Behalf Of
Celeste Feather
Sent: Wednesday, November 12, 2014 1:58 PM
To: LYRASIS ARL Collection Development Contacts
Subject: [Uwlib-eresources] [Lyrarl] 2015 Project MUSE/UPCC eBook
Collections Offer


For the 4th year, I am pleased to announce a special ARL Licensing
Initiative Offer from Project MUSE for the UPCC eBook Collections. Details
are in the attached memo and pricing spreadsheet.


The Project MUSE/UPCC collections have gained a sizeable footprint in the
marketplace now. I was glad for the opportunity to participate in two panels
at the recent Charleston Conference with librarians that are delving deeply
into their use of these collections. Harvard, Emory, and Yale presented
their findings to date on the usage of MUSE titles in print and electronic
formats. UNC-Charlotte presented an interesting case study of their
successful outreach to faculty to select DRM-free MUSE titles as course
adoption titles this fall.


This year for the first time we have been able to negotiate special offers
for smaller libraries in the MUSE pricing tiers. I am glad to see more
opportunities extended to other libraries, as that is one of the goals of
the ARL Licensing Initiative.


In addition to the annual special offers for the entire MUSE ALL BOOKS
collection and the annual "top-off" collection for the libraries that have
already purchased ALL BOOKS, there are other Special Offers that extend
through March 31, 2015. They include:


.         Early Purchase Offer on 2015 Collections for Libraries That
Purchased Collections in 2014: 20% discount on 2015 Complete, or 15%
discount on any 2015 Subject or Area Studies

.         2013-2015 Complete Bundle:  20% off the purchase of all 9,067
titles from 2013-2015

.         2013-2015 Subject or Area Studies Bundle: 15% off the bundled
purchase of Subject or Area Studies collections from 2013-2015




Please let me know if you have any questions, and I will be glad to work
with you if you are interested in placing orders for the MUSE/UPCC
collections in 2015.




Celeste Feather

Senior Licensing Program Account Manager


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