An interesting, data-heavy article from Library Journal on the "Periodicals Price Survey." Highlights: 



  • average overall price increases for periodical subscriptions dropped from 7.6 percent in 2009 to 4.4 percent in 2010.


  • LYRASIS is now the largest regional membership organization serving libraries


  •  libraries began using a variety of tools to produce quantitative data to inform budget reduction decisions...The result of these new assessment tools is arguably a more tightly controlled decision-making process. The tools make it extremely easy to identify duplicate sources of information, the level of usage, and the cost for that use