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RE: What are the Key Library Issues?
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- From: "Rick Anderson" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
- Date: Fri, 20 Feb 2004 16:53:31 EST
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> Yes indeed; in the absence of reliability all the other factors are > non-existent. Well, not exactly non-existent. In the absence of reliability, the cost factor can still move us, and often does. That's why so many of us use HighWire, which costs us nothing, but which offers no guarantee of ongoing access to any particular title. Even when unreliable access costs money, most libraries are still willing to buy it, as long as the cost is low enough; that's the premise on which many aggregated databases (which provide access to thousands of journals and magazines at a very low per-title cost) are founded. While I expect my access to the database itself to be reliable, I recognize that the low per-title charge means a trade-off: ongoing access to any _particular_ title is not guaranteed. But that's fine with my library because we don't think of the aggregator as a robust source for any particular title; we use it as a big bag of articles that primarily supports low-intensity undergraduate research. When we want reliable access to particular titles, we pay more (usually directly to the publishers) and get some level of guaranteed access in return. ------------- Rick Anderson Director of Resource Acquisition University of Nevada, Reno Libraries (775) 784-6500 x273 email@example.com