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The access problem -- small, medium, or large?
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- Date: Fri, 14 May 2010 00:14:53 EDT
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On Mon, 10 May 2010 19:42:28 EDT, Joseph Esposito <firstname.lastname@example.org>wrote: "Harnad is hoping to replace the small problem of access with the large problem of fiscal recklessness." The Research Information Network's 2009 study "Overcoming Barriers: Access to Research Information Content" goes to some lengths to show that the access problem is not "small." Some excerpts: Of the 800 respondents, over 40% said that they were unable readily to access licensed content at least weekly; and two-thirds at least monthly. The key reasons for failing to secure access were perceived to be [...] that the library had not purchased a licence for the content, because of budgetary constraints (56%). Around 59 per cent of respondents thought that non-availability of content does have some impact on their research, while 18 per cent say the impact is 'significant' either in terms of timing and/or comprehensiveness and/or other quality impact.