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20 Years Later Universities are Still Angry That They are Having to Cut Journal Subscriptions

LEHIGH UNIV announces: Journals unavailable due to cost increases 27 OCT 2009

These headlines have been the same for 20 years. “Libraries are unsustainable” – said Michael J. Kurtz, HARVARD prof and astronomer at SSP’09. Most communication between scientist today is via blogs and pre-print sites. Journals are useful for reporting and storage, but there are better ways of finding research results and accessing data sets. Universities must take the bull by the horns and redesign the way we teach our students learn. Chaining our students’ future research endeavors to the (traditional) journal communication model or the newer ScienceDirect type mega-databases is like chaining all future transportation solutions to fossil-fueled machinery: DUMB.


28 October 2009 - Posted by | Uncategorized

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