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The Librarians'' Dilemma: Contemplating the Costs of the Big Deal

Published on Mar 15, 2001in D-lib Magazine
Kenneth Frazier1
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Purpose The purpose of this study is to investigate the decision-making process of librarians at the University of Western Ontario who attempted to cancel the Wiley Big Deal. The aim of the study is to reveal the underlying factors that affected their decision-making process. By understanding the decision-making process of librarians, it may be possible to devise a system that takes into consideration not only quantitative factors but also the subjective or qualitative factors that impact librar...
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