Re: The True Cost of the Essentials (Implementing Peer Review)

From: David Goodman <dgoodman_at_PRINCETON.EDU>
Date: Thu, 24 Jul 2003 12:28:16 -0400

Tom, I think we all should be grateful for your own understanding,
and I most sincerely hope personally that you are right about your colleagues.

Dr. David Goodman
Princeton University Library
Palmer School of Library & Information Science, Long Island University

----- Original Message -----
From: Tom Cochrane <t.cochrane_at_QUT.EDU.AU>
Date: Wednesday, July 23, 2003 6:02 pm
Subject: Re: The True Cost of the Essentials (Implementing Peer Review)

> At 02:53 PM 22/07/2003 -0400, David Goodman wrote:
> >The reason why librarians must be concerned about this, is the
> >unfortunate
> >probability that the money saved from library acquisitions will
> not be
> >used to finance the publication system, but for
> >general university administration. This is not an improvement
> >over the present, where a considerable part of the expense is
> used for
> >general administrative purposes by the publishers.
> >This explains why many libraries are willing to pay subscriptions to
> >alternative publishers: the basic rule of library budgeting is
> that if
> >you
> >do not spend all the money, you will lose it forever.
> I don't think you should underestimate the capacity of university
> Presidents and senior administrators to understand this problem.
> They would
> be quite capable of understanding any argument about a redirection or
> repurposing of some of it, especially if it is a widely developing
> trend.
> Equally, if the dollars in our library budget committed to the
> give away
> literature could be released for greater acquisition of the non
> give away,
> most would be very pleased at this redeployment.
> So would the publishers of the non give away material.
> So would authors who have dependence in some measure on royalty
> income.
> Tom
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