focus of A&MI activity during the month of January was negotiations
with distributors - including the Research Libraries Group, OhioLINK
and the California Digital Library - and preparations for the January
Board meeting in La Jolla.
with the Research Libraries Group were aimed at their being able to
produce marketing literature in time for the mid-winter ALA meeting
in late January and the VRA/CAA meetings in early February. These negotiations
were very protracted. Initially we offered RLG a multi-year, fixed price,
based on a 50% discount, for all their members (as we had offered OhioLINK
and CDL). However RLG did not want to take the risk on this basis and
we had to find levels of pricing based on their anticipated sales that
would satisfy our income requirements and their sense of what the market
would bear. At the end of January, our final counter proposal was still
on the table.
for the Board meeting in January, we spent a great deal of time developing
scenarios and projections for AMICO's future growth and financial stability.
These were presented to the Executive Committee at its meeting. In general
they show that if AMICO can expand its membership at a constant rate
of about one member a month over the next several years, its financial
future will be acceptably secure since the market will see this as evidence
that the Library will continue to grow and become viable.
request, a revised proposal was submitted to the Getty Grant Program
early in the month and funding for the focus groups was received.
The McMichael Canadian Collection, Kleinberg, expressed its desire to
become a Member of AMICO.
Extensive discussion continued with the Research Libraries Group to
work out details of the 1999-2000 year delivery schedule and issues
of RLG's pricing and advertising for The AMICO Library. Pricing negotiations
were conducted on the one hand with an eye towards keeping overall subscription
prices as low as possible in order to encourage larger uptake of the
library, and on the other hand with keeping the framework for AMICO
license fees such that it could be extended to other distributors and
returned an adequate overall income to AMICO in the next year. A position
agreed to by all parties was nearly reached several times but was still
elusive at the end of the month.
effort was invested in working with RLG public relations staff regarding
the production of a brochure, given their inexperience reproducing works
of art. We are grateful to the AMICO members who assisted us with speedy
processing of permissions for this project.
prepared a Developers Development Agreement for the California Digital
Library them and sent it for signature.
agreed to license The AMICO Library for three years for $100,000 ($33,333.
p.a). Final terms of the license are still to be written and signed
but there are no major obstacles envisioned at present.
Negotiations with the Artists Rights Society were revived, but no progress
was made in time for the Board meeting. VAGA and the AMSP were given
similar offers and discussions began with them.
The Getty Grant Program awarded AMICO $20,000 to conduct focus groups
with users at CAA and VRA in February and follow them up with meetings
of the AMICO User and Uses Committee. A framework for an in-depth study
of users preferences was drafted as part of a detailed focus group assessment
for the Getty Grant Program. The questionnaire we will administer in
conjunction with those focus groups addresses most of the strategic
issues confronting AMICO. Members were provided with copies and several
have remarked that it would be useful to have members complete the study
as well - forcing all of us to examine options and make resource allocation
decisions. We expect to provide a means of doing this in the spring.
Project held its first advisory committee meetings, including reviewing
candidates for the position of project manager. Jennifer Trant participated
in the advisory meetings by speaker phone from Pittsburgh.
final draft of the Cornell administered online survey was received,
reviewed, and returned with comments. The survey will run from February
The AMICO members web site was enhanced to allow members to submit files
for validation online and to make improvements in the parsing and editing
routines. Final specifications for the site functionality were adopted
and will be reflected in developments planned to go live early in February.
Trant worked with a New York design firm, RazorFish, which was the recipient
of a contract from the for a face lift" of the AMICO Public Web Site.
Arrangements were made to allow AMICO participants free access to the
workshops on Information Policies for Museums and Digital Image Project
Management at the Museums and the web conference in New Orleans.
Arrangements were made for AMICO to exhibit at Museums and the Web in
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