ERIC Number: ED441509
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Aug
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Emerging Responses to the Science Journal Crisis.
The continuing problem of the high cost of accessing scientific, technical, and medical (STM) literature haunts both developed and developing economies. Maintaining access to significant research and scholarship at a time when both the volume and price of information have increased nearly three-fold in the last decade requires fresh strategies and new creative efforts. This paper comments on the array of coping mechanisms adopted by U.S. libraries, including canceling lesser used titles, moving from ownership to access, resource sharing, and consortial purchasing. The paper then looks at the recently developed strategic responses aimed at addressing some of the root causes of the STM crisis: an imperfect marketplace; growing presence of commercial publishers; consolidation of STM publishers; and proliferation of titles. As a result of this economic analysis and legislative developments, the academic community needs to consider dramatically different strategies for responding to the crisis. Some of the emerging strategies are noted in the paper. (Contains 15 endnotes.) (Author/MES)
Descriptors: Academic Libraries, Access to Information, Consortia, Costs, Library Associations, Library Collections, Library Networks, Postsecondary Education, Scholarly Journals, Scientific and Technical Information, Shared Library Resources
For full text: http://www.ifla.org/IV/ifla65/papers/062-122e.htm.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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