I completely agree with Julie. Instead of considering whether to increase our number of users, we will most likely have to scale back to a bare minimum and hope we can still work efficiently.
On that note, does anyone know if we can get usage statistics from the Toolkit. When scaling back, it would be good to know how often we hit our peak. Zora Breeding Vanderbilt University From: Resource Description and Access / Resource Description and Access [mailto:RDA-L@LISTSERV.LAC-BAC.GC.CA] On Behalf Of Julie Moore Sent: Friday, November 22, 2013 9:16 AM To: RDA-L@LISTSERV.LAC-BAC.GC.CA Subject: Re: [RDA-L] RDA Toolkit Price Change Are you serious?! This is outrageous! Do you know how difficult it was to lobby to get RDA Toolkit for our libraries in the first place? (Many administrators did not really see the need to move from AACR2 to RDA in the first place.) I thought the pricing was high before -- for a basic tool that every cataloger needs. This comes at a time when many libraries are experiencing a crisis in cataloging -- where administrators are looking for reasons to completely get rid of technical services and outsource everything. And now we have to come back with this price structure for a basic tool? RDA is going to be the death of us catalogers! This is not only a problem for large libraries, but also medium libraries. This pricing is going to squeeze libraries out of the market. Catalogers who cannot cough up this kind of money will either have to buy the paper and live with a far less superior version of RDA than the Toolkit ... or just catalog blindly without access to the rules. This is VERY disappointing. Julie Moore Head of Cataloging California State University, Fresno On Fri, Nov 22, 2013 at 6:59 AM, Heidrun Wiesenmüller <wiesenmuel...@hdm-stuttgart.de<mailto:wiesenmuel...@hdm-stuttgart.de>> wrote: Isn't it amazing that *nobody* has commented on the new prices for the RDA Toolkit? Looking at http://www.rdatoolkit.org/content/2014pricechange, I had a short moment of mirth when I noticed that the symbol for the British pound is used for the Euro prices as well (let's wait and see whether it will be corrected now). But then the laughter stuck in my throat when I started to calculate. We are told that the new pricing model will be cheaper for small libraries. Indeed, there is a reduction for up to two concurrent users. Compare the new prices with the old ones (given in brackets): * only one person needing the toolkit: $ 180 ($ 195) * 1 concurrent user: $ 180 ($ 325) * 2 concurrent users: $ 342 ($ 380) Note that there is a considerable benefit if you need one concurrent user. However, If there is only one cataloger anyway, or if two concurrent users are needed, the reduction is not a large one. If, however, an institution needs more than two concurrent users, there is a substantial rise in prices - and it gets higher and higher the more users are needed. Again, compare the new prices with the old ones (given in brackets): * 3 concurrent users: $ 513 ($ 435) * 4 concurrent users: $ 684 ($ 490) * 5 concurrent users: $ 835 ($ 545) * 6 concurrent users: $ 1002 ($ 545) * 8 concurrent users: $ 1336 ($ 600) * 10 concurrent users: $ 1620 ($ 825) * 15 concurrent users: $ 2370 ($ 1075) * 20 concurrent users: $ 3060 ($ 1225) * 25 concurrent users: $ 3825 ($ 1450) Try as I may, I can't see how the new pricing model "will more fairly distribute the cost of subscription across all sizes of institutions". What I see instead is a drastic rise in prices which will hit every library which needs more than two concurrent users. My guess is that many larger libraries won't be able or willing to buy the number of concurrent users which would be needed according to the number of catalogers. Heidrun On 13.11.2013 21:14, schrieb James Hennelly: Effective January 1, 2014 RDA Toolkit will be extending a new pricing model for site subscriptions. This change will make implementation of RDA: Resource Description Access more accessible for small cataloging departments and will more fairly distribute the cost of subscription across all sizes of institutions. Learn more at http://www.rdatoolkit.org/content/2014pricechange. James Hennelly Managing Editor ALA Digital Reference 1-800-545-2433<tel:1-800-545-2433>, ext 5051, or 312-280-5051<tel:312-280-5051> jhenne...@ala.org<mailto:jhenne...@ala.org> -- --------------------- Prof. Heidrun Wiesenmueller M.A. Stuttgart Media University Wolframstr. 32, 70191 Stuttgart, Germany www.hdm-stuttgart.de/bi<http://www.hdm-stuttgart.de/bi> -- Julie Renee Moore Head of Cataloging California State University, Fresno julie.renee.mo...@gmail.com<mailto:julie.renee.mo...@gmail.com> 559-278-5813 "Those who bring sunshine to the lives of others cannot keep it from themselves." ... James Matthew Barrie