[Eril-l] Database cost per use statistics

Swogger, Susan sswogger at email.unc.edu
Tue Oct 6 12:41:57 PDT 2015

Good advice! I’d add that it’s important to look at each DB in context – is it for a small or large group? Is it core to that group? Is its content unique among your subscriptions? What percentage is being actively used? And the like. If your VPPA is only give numbers without context that’s all they’ll know to look at as a measure of value.

Susan Swogger, MLIS
Collections Development Librarian
Health Sciences Library
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
(919) 966-0777
sswogger at email.unc.edu<mailto:sswogger at email.unc.edu>

From: Eril-l [mailto:eril-l-bounces at lists.eril-l.org] On Behalf Of Melissa Belvadi
Sent: Tuesday, October 06, 2015 1:44 PM
To: Thomas, Karen <Karen.Thomas at delval.edu>
Cc: eril-l at lists.eril-l.org
Subject: Re: [Eril-l] Database cost per use statistics

Scale (as in economies of...) is everything. What is your undergrad and grad FTE?
You probably shouldn't compare your cost/FTE to an institution that has 50,000 undergrads if you have only 2,000.

Also if you have a professional consortium negotiating your prices, that can very well affect your price and thus your cost/fte.
We generally have MUCH better costs/FTE for products with consortial deals than those without.

That said, we're a public university with a total FTE of just under 4,000, a few hundred of which is graduate level, mostly education, nursing, and business.
If we're comparable to you, contact me directly, and I'd be happy to share at least some of those stats.

Melissa Belvadi
User Experience & Collections Librarian
University of Prince Edward Island
mbelvadi at upei.ca<mailto:mbelvadi at upei.ca> 902-566-0581<tel:902-566-0581>

On Tue, Oct 6, 2015 at 12:33 PM, Thomas, Karen <Karen.Thomas at delval.edu<mailto:Karen.Thomas at delval.edu>> wrote:
Hi all,

I’m fairly new as an electronic librarian and have been asked by my VPPA and director to show cost per search/download for our databases. That I was able to accomplish well enough but I was hoping to have some data to provide a benchmark. Is anyone willing to share their cost per search/download or is able to direct me to some useful information?

I’m particularly interested in:
Access Science
BioOne Combination
CQ Researcher
Academic Search Complete
Business Source
Communication & Mass Media Complete
Education Source
Food Science Source
Gale Virtual Reference Library
Opposing Viewpoints
Lexis-Nexis Academic
ABI/Inform Research
Agriculture Journals
Criminal Justice
SciFinder Scholar

Thanks in advance!

Karen Sheldon
Electronic and Instructional Services Librarian
Delaware Valley University
700 East Butler Ave., Doylestown PA 18901
215.489.4968<tel:215.489.4968> | karen.thomas at delval.edu<mailto:karen.thomas at delval.edu>

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Melissa Belvadi
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University of Prince Edward Island
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