From your 1997-98 OCLC Users' Council Delegates:
Benard Strong Marcia Talley
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January 28, 1998
To: Users Council Delegates and Alternates
From: Richard Van Orden, Users Council Program Manager
Subject: OCLC Access Suite Memorandum
Over the last eighteen months OCLC's strategy related to the
Access Suite CD product (formerly called the OCLC Library Suite) was
discussed with the Users Council Communications and Access Interest
Group and other advisory committees. However, implementation details
were not finalized until late fall of 1997. The availability of the
Access Suite was announced just prior to the December holiday season.
Concerns were voiced in recent weeks by networks and member libraries
about the timing of the cut-off date and pricing associated with the
release of the OCLC Access Suite. In response to these concerns, OCLC
has revised its policy regarding the terms of the Access Suite and will
work with a task force of network representatives in planning future
directions for this product during the next fiscal year.
Because some of you also may have heard from member libraries
regarding these issues, we wanted you to have this latest information.
Attached below is Gary Houk's memo to the networks announcing the new
policies. Notes on some listservs have encouraged librarians to contact
their networks or Users Council delegates regarding concerns about the
OCLC Access Suite. The Communications and Access Interest Group will
discuss the suite at the February Users Council meeting. In the
meantime, if you have further questions, please contact Shirley Hyatt
([log in to unmask]), the OCLC co-leader of this interest group. I
hope that this memo provides the information you need in responding to
questions that may be sent to you. We appreciate your help in
facilitating communication between member libraries and OCLC.
OCLC Services Memorandum
1998 January 21
TO: Regional Network Directors Regional Network OCLC Service
FROM: Gary R. Houk, Vice President, OCLC Services
SUBJECT: OCLC ACCESS SUITE
During the past few weeks OCLC has heard concerns from Networks and
Member libraries regarding the packaging and pricing of the OCLC Access
Suite. In response to those concerns OCLC is revising its policy
regarding the terms and conditions for the OCLC Access Suite as well as
the individual software packages that comprise the Access Suite.
OCLC Access Suite
The OCLC Access Suite is a single CD-ROM that contains the Windows
version of the Cataloging Microenhancer, the Windows version of the ILL
Microenhancer, Passport for Windows, CJK for Windows, and the OCLC Label
program. The Access Suite is now available for purchase at an annual
license fee of $99 for a single user license and $990 for a Site License
(prices stated are the prices to the Network). Purchase of the Access
Suite is optional.
Individual Software Packages
All of the software packages listed above with the exception of the CJK
software continue to be available separately at their current prices.
The Access Suite is priced lower than the current price for CJK only, so
we will no longer offer CJK as a stand-alone software package. Cat ME,
ILL ME, and Passport will continue to be sold as individual packages
available on CD-ROM and diskette. The CD-ROM used for distribution of
individual software packages will be the same CD-ROM used for the full
Access Suite; however, the users will only pay for the package(s) they
want to use.
OCLC Access Suite
1998 January 20
OCLC will work with the Networks in the coming weeks to explore whether
new pricing and license terms for the Access Suite as well as the
individual software packages are desired for next fiscal year. This
review will address the concerns raised in the past few weeks about the
Access Suite and in particular the necessity of meeting the needs of
small libraries as well as large libraries. A task force of 3-4 Network
representatives will be assembled to provide an initial review of OCLC's
plans prior to a review by all the Networks. We will get this process
under way immediately in order to have all the details worked out before
OCLC's pricing is announced for FY98/99.
OCLC is committed to providing cost-effective services to libraries. We
appreciate your thoughtful input and look forward to further discussions
with the Networks.