[Eril-l] FOLLOW UP: Database cost per use statistics

Sweeney, Maurine masweene at UTMB.EDU
Thu Oct 22 08:07:21 PDT 2015

For our major packages, over $5/download is troublesome; either we need to do more work to promote (contact specific faculty/departments), start looking at other configurations of the package (perhaps a customized package or smaller one), explore other products that might meet a similar need, or try to work with the vendor on price increases.  The cost per use is just one element of a much larger picture.  Also, when we look at CPU across packages, there is usually a cluster of cpu amounts across packages and, in comparison, it's fairly obvious where the cpu jumps.  For us (an academic health science center), that cluster is around $3-$4/download.  It might be a different figure for others.  CPU for individual journals is another matter, especially when there are specific journals that support specific research at our institution.


Maurine Sweeney
Head of Technical Services
Moody Medical Library/Academic Resources

University of Texas Medical Branch
301 University Blvd., Galveston, TX 77555-1035
P 409.772.2394 F 409.762.9782
E masweene at utmb.edu<mailto:masweene at utmb.edu>


From: Eril-l [mailto:eril-l-bounces at lists.eril-l.org] On Behalf Of Brown, Clara (DCPL)
Sent: Thursday, October 22, 2015 8:22 AM
To: Sheldon, Karen; eril-l at lists.eril-l.org
Subject: Re: [Eril-l] FOLLOW UP: Database cost per use statistics

So here is my questin, what does that mean?  Do you have a limit for how much you are willing to spend?  Do the more expensive one support important programs etc..

Clara Brown
Electronic and Digital Resources Librarian, DC Public Library
901 G Street, NW, Washington, DC 20001
Tel. 202-727-3772
clara.ruttenberg at dc.gov<mailto:clara.ruttenberg at dc.gov>

From: Eril-l [mailto:eril-l-bounces at lists.eril-l.org] On Behalf Of Sheldon, Karen
Sent: Thursday, October 22, 2015 9:16 AM
To: eril-l at lists.eril-l.org<mailto:eril-l at lists.eril-l.org>
Subject: [Eril-l] FOLLOW UP: Database cost per use statistics

Thank you to all who shared their statistics with me. I thought the group might be interested to see the averages I was able to compile for some of the databases. The average FTE was about 4000 students, primarily undergraduates. If I receive additional information, I will update and share again.




Access Science

$              8.60

CQ Researcher

$            11.64

EBSCO Communication & Mass Media Complete

$         1.16

 $              3.04

GALE Opposing Viewpoints

$         1.37

 $              2.52


$         0.94

 $              0.62

Lexis-Nexis Academic

$         3.80

 $              1.54

ProQuest ABI/Inform

$         0.51

 $              1.20

ProQuest Criminal Justice

$              6.14


$       42.82

 $              1.81

SciFinder Scholar

$         9.91

 $              8.11

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

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