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Scholarly Communication

What the experts and stakeholders say:

What librarians say:

  • California Institute of Technology
    • Article by Kimberly Douglas, University Librarian, and Dana Roth, Chemistry Librarian. Looming Threats to Society Journals Chemical and Engineering News, 87 (47), pp. 82-84. Nov. 2006.
  • Harvard University. Director of the University Library
    • Letter to the Faculty from Sidney Verba. Dec. 19, 2003.
    • “The decision to eliminate these [Elsevier] journals was the result of careful consideration over the last 15 months. It was driven not only by current financial realities, but also—and perhaps more importantly—by the need to reassert control over our collections and to encourage new models for research publication at Harvard.”
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
    • Article by Anne Wolpert, University Librarian and Prof. Markus Zahn. May 2004.
    • “Fiscal pressures on universities and libraries in the last few years have made the need for change in the system of scholarly publishing more visible and urgent. Unable to pay for increasingly expensive content, and working within the confines of licenses that dictate problematic terms of use and impose penalties for cancellations, all academic libraries are finding it increasingly difficult to balance the needs of faculty and students across the disciplines on their campuses.”
  • University of California. Berkeley. Library.
    • Open Access Scholarly Proposal - includes draft and working group report (2007) and Academic Council's Whitepapers (2006).
    • Scholarly Publishing — Crisis & Revolution
    • “The amount of scholarly information has increased geometrically, while library budgets have remained relatively flat, the result being that a smaller percentage of pertinent library resources are available to students and scholars than has previously been the case.”
    • “The economics of information goods (e.g., electronically distributed scholarly information) is unlike the economics of other markets.”
    • “Scholarly publishing has become big business, introducing a profit motive into an industry that has always been highly subsidized. This has been exacerbated even further by a number of major mergers, resulting in almost across-the-board increases in subscription rates.”
    • “Publishers are crafting licensing agreements that lock libraries into subscriptions to lower-use, more marginal titles, in order to ensure access to prestigious, high-use titles.”

For additional information please contact Kimberly Douglas, University Librarian, at kdouglas AT library.caltech.edu.

Last updated: June 12, 2009 12:09