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From: Julia Bolton Holloway <holloway.julia AT tiscali.it>
Excerpted from the above by Martin Paul Eve: More interesting, I think, is the fact that this sale exposes the larger and ongoing economic problem faced by research libraries. In tandem with lagging library budgets <http://cen.acs.org/articles/90/i46/Easy-Answer-Library-Budgets.html>, the cost of providing access to all the journal articles (not including books and historical research materials) needed by a researcher has risen by 300% above inflation <http://uksg.metapress.com/content/9tvk4t7324388071/?genre=article&id=doi%3a10.1629%2f2048-7722.214.171.124> since 1986. While the humanities contribute in lower absolute terms to this figure than scientists, we, as academics, are the primary cause of this as we continue to publish in commercial venues (in order to satisfy conditions of hiring, firing and assessment). This, in turn, legitimises the extortion of our libraries who must hold a prestigious collection to "compete". Were we to work to lower the billions of pounds of shareholder profits <http://poeticeconomics.blogspot.co.uk/2010/04/elsevier-2009-2-billion-profits-could.html> built-in to serials subscriptions, perhaps through open access, research libraries would have fewer justifications for selling our national treasures. -- Julia Bolton Holloway Mediatheca 'Fioretta Mazzei' 'English' Cemetery P.le Donatello, 38 50132 FIRENZE ITALY -- To unsubscribe from the BOAI Forum, use the form on this page: http://mailman.ecs.soton.ac.uk/mailman/listinfo/boai-forum
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