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-Guidelines for Journal Usage (Dan Lester) Marcia Tuttle 16 Jul 1996 13:16 UTC

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Date: Mon, 15 Jul 1996 16:11:07 -0600
Subject: -Guidelines for Journal Usage (Albert Henderson) -Reply

Date: Sat, 6 Jul 1996 01:39:59 EDT
From: Albert Henderson

Perhaps it is embarrassing for a scientist or instructor to publicly say,
"I cannot do my job without essential journals in the library." However, I
have heard it with my own ears and I have seen it ignored by the

I've heard it too.  But it doesn't mean anything will happen.  If Dr.
Smith quits because of it, there are another several hundred Dr. Browns
and Jones who will happily take the job instead of doing something else.
And, I've seen this on the TOP level, as in a scientist who took several
million in grants to a competing institution.  He also took several
million in equipment with him.  But, the institution said "so it goes" and
got a couple of other "almost as top" folks and actually ended up ahead of
the game, according to many in the field. Not much difference in what we
see in professional sports teams at times.

many librarians have been far to quick to promise substitutes to good
collections without thinking through all of the consequences to research
and education. This has enabled the money addicts to 'drink' themselves
and the university into oblivion.

Once again, other than quitting in protest or something I'm not sure what
effective measures the librarians can take. (and I don't think quitting in
protest would do it anyway)

By the way, researchers made a very big deal out of decrepit facilities
and obsolete equipment 15-20 years ago and the situation was remedied.

Interesting.  I was at a couple of ARL schools at the time and both then,
and since, I've not heard of any researchers being happy about any such
thing.  But I may be out of touch.


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