“We had this crisis. We told you about it. You didn’t listen.”

Barbara Fister of the ‘Library Babel Fish’ blog recently posted a rather scathing response to an article in The Scientist about the danger of journal cancellations by academic libraries. Worried that the cancellation of journals due to library budget cuts will affect scientific research, the author quotes one scientist, “it’s time for faculty to stop being complacent about library cuts and put pressure on their administration to increase resources.”

That’s all well and good, administration should increase resources to libraries, but as Fister points out, the problem is much, much deeper then journal subscriptions. This is about understanding that the whole model is broken. She says to faculty:

You continue to equate prestige with the traditional way of publishing things, and even when you have the option of self-archiving your work to make it accessible to those poor suckers who lost library access, you can’t be arsed (as my English friends would say). This is not a library problem. This is your problem, and throwing more money at it, gratifying though that may be for libraries, won’t fix anything. (more here)

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