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Public Higher Education Bulletin

Northern Illinois University
Sole Source #051705BML

Announcement of a Sole Source Purchase

Award Info
Published Wednesday June 1, 2005
Awarded to:
Vendor:  JSTOR
Amount:  $78,500
Terms:   One-time transaction
The University award process may be delayed up to thirty days as this award goes through a state approval process.
First published Tuesday May 17, 2005
The University awarded a contract for digital archives to JSTOR for $78,500.
This acquisition is to expand our existing but partial collection of JSTOR digital-archive offerings including Arts & Sciences Complement, Arts & Sciences Collection I, Arts & Sciences Collection II, Arts & Sciences Collection III, and Arts & Sciences Collection IV. Participants in the JSTOR Arts & Sciences collections also receive all the titles in the Business, Language and Literature, Mathematics & Statistics, and Music Collections. These digital-archive offerings are a proprietary offering in that JSTOR, a not-for-profit archive, licenses these back issues of journals from publishers and learned societies. JSTOR also adds a uniquely important ?optical character recognition? component which enables the page images to be full-text searchable, a component essential to scholarly research. NIU does not hold the full run of these journals and therefore, JSTOR?s licensed digitized offerings help fill gaps in our existing library collections of journal back-files, help better meet the needs of the library to address preservation issues such as mutilated pages and long-term deterioration of paper copy, and help reduce long-term capital and operating costs associated with the storage and care of journal collections. JSTOR also maintains another unique service offering of a ?dark? archive of print journals, which is available to replace any digitized copy that was lost. Moreover, the University has already invested in membership fees with JSTOR which guarantees us access to select licensed collections as part of the membership package, and if we were somehow to obtain such collections elsewhere (if they were to become available elsewhere), our initial costs would greatly increase due to new access fees and/or required membership dues. Therefore, because of the combination of all of these factors, plus JSTOR being the only known source for these licensed digital-archive collections, this acquisition is economically feasible and procurable from only one source. This award is for open order purchases for the period through June 30, 2006.
For additional information, contact:
Brent MacLeod
Phone: (815) 753-1676

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