The rising price of knowledge: University of Calgary cuts 1,600 academic resources

Scott Strasser, The Gauntlet, Jan 23, 2017
Commentary by Stephen Downes

The Gauntlet article has the best coverage but the CBC news item has the best quote:"Even if we had more money, we cannot buy our way out of this," said University of Calgary head librarian Tom Hickerson. "We really have to change the model." Still, the Gauntlet had a good quote: “You want 50 channels, but instead they sell you 337 for twice what you would pay for the 50,” he said. “We don’t get to make our decisions around a single journal. We have to look at the bundle as a whole.” The U of C cut was $1.5 million; meanwhile a fund to produce and distribute open access jrournals is up to $500K.

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