Ann Okerson on institutional archives

From: Subbiah Arunachalam <>
Date: Sat, 26 Mar 2005 09:21:46 +0530


 "Ann Okerson weighs the pros and cons of OA for US research libraries,
   noting that institutional repositories are likely to be expensive, and
   their focus in the U.S. is likely to be on locally produced scholarly
   materials other than articles. Consequently: "It is unlikely that
   under this kind of scenario in the US, scattered local versions of STM
   articles would compete effectively with the completeness or the value
   that the publishing community adds." She also suggests that library
   cost savings resulting from OA journals are "unlikely, unless
   substantial production cost reductions can be realised by many
   categories of publisher." - in Serials: The Journal for the Serials Community 18(1)(2005).

Why does Ann Okerson, a respected and knowledgeable US academic librarian, think that institutional repositories will be expensive? What are the facts? Will leading institutions that have set up institutional archives tell her and others how much does it cost to set up archives and run them.

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