This scandal is one of the single biggest drags on academic librarianship. By way of example, the physics library at my alma mater, which was left unguarded 24 hours a day, contained a slim quarterly journal which cost $25,000 a year. I was always tempted to make the modest effort necessary to steal the collection, but refrained. (Scruples aside, what the hell would I have done with a stack of physics journals?)
If anyone's interested in learning more about this disgracful situation, a Google search for "academic journal pricing crisis," minus the quotation marks, will reveal a wealth of information.
On 5/21/07, joanna <123hop at comcast.net> wrote:
> Chuck wrote:
> > Don't get me started on how public libraries are using taxpayer money to
> >subsidize large publishers. The evil side of Harry Potter.
> Get started. That's a very interesting topic. I would have guessed there
> would be a conflict of interest...."publishers sell less because I can
> get their books at the library...."
> Could you say more?