September 1, 2011
September 1, 2011. Research Libraries UK (RLUK), a consortium of 30 of the largest research organizations in the UK and Ireland, revealed a new tool at a July workshop that will allow its members to evaluate the cost-effectiveness of "big deals" --- the large aggregations of journals from publishers sold as a single package. The new tool will allow libraries to make more informed decisions about how to allocate shrinking budgets, which are increasingly under a strain from the price of the big deals.
The RLUK recently drew a line in the sand over these packages, refusing to agree to new deals unless there was a significant price reduction. Some of these packages now cost RLUK members over 1 million pounds a year.