Second Thoughts on 'Bundled' E-Journals

Andrea L. Foster, Tidsskriftet for Universiteternes Efter- og Videreuddannelse, Sept 16, 2002
Commentary by Stephen Downes

If you want to read one journal article, why should you pay for 500? That's the sort of question libraries are asking as bundled online content requires that they pay for articles and journal contents that few (if any) students actually read. "It's a pitched battle right now for control of research libraries' rights to determine what they offer their patrons," says Jeffrey B. Garrett, acting assistant university librarian for collection management at the Evanston campus of Northwestern University. "The problem with all of these big deals out there is that we are being asked to provide our patrons with things that we don't want, and pay for them. And we really don't appreciate being confronted with this form of ultimatum."
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