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Descriptive Cataloging of Rare Materials (Books) and (Serials) – or DCRM(B) and DCRM(S) – are now freely available online. My thanks to Matthew Haugen and Randal Brandt for the following information:

For more information:

Free Access to Cataloging Documentation
In early 2013, the Library of Congress announced that it is transitioning to online only publication of its cataloging documentation that was formerly available in print. On July 1, 2014, the sale of all remaining inventory of CDS print publications will end. The printing of new editions of subject heading and classification documentation has now ceased, and all new editions and updates will be freely available on LC’s Acquisitions and Bibliographic Access website
( Documentation will continue to be available through Cataloger’s Desktop, LC’s subscription-based online documentation service.

Nina M. Schneider
Chair, RBMS Bibliographic Standards Committee (Exlibris-L)

Theodore C. Bergstrom, Paul N. Courant, R. Preston McAfee, and Michael A. Williams
Evaluating big deal journal bundles
PNAS 2014 ; published ahead of print June 16, 2014, doi:10.1073/pnas.1403006111
Free version:
Data supplement


"So what secrets of the big deal have Freedom of Information
requests allowed us to uncover?

We find that even with the institution-specific discounts resulting
from bundled purchases, the prices per citation charged to
large PhD-granting universities by major commercial publishers
are much higher than those charged by major nonprofit publishers.
Among the commercial publishers in our study, Elsevier’s
prices per citation are nearly 3 times those charged by the nonprofits, whereas Emerald, Sage, and Taylor & Francis have prices per citation that are roughly 10 times those of the nonprofits.
The contracts that we have seen show remarkable institutionspecific price variations that cannot be explained by university characteristics such as enrollment and PhD production. Some institutions have been quite successful in bargaining for lower
prices, whereas others may not have been aware that better
bargains can be reached. Perhaps this variation explains publishers’
desire to keep contract terms confidential."

See also

"The Letters of 1916 project is the first public humanities project in Ireland.
Join the hundreds of people who are helping us create a crowd-sourced digital collection of letters written around the time of the Easter Rising (1 November 1915 – 31 October 1916) by contributing copies of letters to the database or transcribing previously uploaded letters"


Peter Suber explains how to follow the OATP News:

"Since we're discussing fees, I'll mention that we stopped charging reproduction and permission fees several years ago. Researchers still need our permission to publish, but instead of charging a permissions fee, we now gently ask for a contribution every time we provide an image or grant a permission. The time-consuming paperwork for tracking fee requests is a hassle we no longer have, and we make as much if not more in contributions than we did in fees.


Leon Miller, CA, FSAA
Head, Louisiana Research Collection (LaRC)" (Archives-L) AGB

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