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Re: Returning to print? Rick Anderson 30 Mar 2011 15:13 UTC

In this context, I should probably clarify my earlier input: I can't imagine
that a _wholesale_ return to print is even remotely possible for any
research library.  And I'm not sure it's fair to characterize our students
and faculty as "spoiled"; I think I'd say that they've come to have
perfectly reasonable access expectations given the current information
environment.  But just because their expectations are reasonable doesn't
mean that they can always be met; the combination of budget cuts and price
increases (sometimes massive ones) means that in some cases, we're going to
have to sacrifice good service (i.e. online access) in order to preserve a
basic level of access to core resources.  But realistically, I think that's
only going to happen on a title-by-title basis, not wholesale.

Rick Anderson
Assoc. Dir. for Scholarly Resources & Collections
Marriott Library
Univ. of Utah
Office: (801)587-9989
Cell: (801) 721-1687

> Yes. I started to mention ILL.  Then I remembered the copyright clearance fees
> that our ILL supervisor showed me not too long ago.  It's fine for low-use
> titles.  We may have to transfer a staff position or two to that department
> before long, when we can't afford to keep either the print (due to space
> limitations) or the electronic (due to spiraling price increases and inflated
> pricing practices).
> Maybe go to fee-based document delivery?  (That may be part of ILL in many
> libraries, but it is a different service, with a separate fee structure.)
> Sarah
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Jill M. Tarabula" <Jill.Tarabula@CLINTON.EDU>
> Sent: Wednesday, March 30, 2011 9:18:12 AM
> Subject: Re: [SERIALST] Returning to print?
> There's always ILL...
> As Rick said, you do what you have to do to best serve your patrons
> given your situation.  We currently have access to a decent collection
> of electronic resources because of our involvement in our state
> university system and because of memberships in a few consortia.  If we
> had to subscribe on our own, we would be primarily if not solely print.
> Good luck to you.
> Jill Tarabula, MLS
> Systems & Technical Services Librarian
> Clinton Community College
> 136 Clinton Point Drive
> Plattsburgh, NY 12901
> 518-562-4247
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