Friday, April 15, 2011

Periodicals Price Survey 2011 - report

Periodical prices are on the upswing, and technology is advancing at a relentless pace
By Stephen Bosch, Kittie Henderson, & Heather Klusendorf Library Journal April 14, 2011
"There’s no way to sugarcoat the impact higher serials prices have on the information marketplace, or the dire state of funding for libraries. Libraries are no longer in a position of having to cut low-use journals in order to make room for high-use ones; instead, they are now being forced to cancel heavily used, even essential subscriptions, much to the dismay of their patrons. The economy still drives any discussion of serials pricing, and it remains a very ugly story."

I like the concluding paragraph, that starts with "Evolve or die? We are going to evolve..."

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