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Thursday, October 11, 2012

American Chemical Society pricing has librarians up in arms

Library Journal: When a small college has to cut subscriptions because they're too expensive, it's not usually news. But when Jenica Rogers, library director at SUNY Potsdam, blogged about cancelling subscriptions to the American Chemical Society's journals because they alone would have used up 10 percent of the library's acquisitions budget, it struck a chord with many. Besides resonating around the blogosphere, as John Dupuis summarizes in his link roundup, the controversy spawned articles in the Chronicle of Higher Education and even across the pond in the Times Higher Education. Perhaps it's because objections to ACS pricing models are not new: Inside Higher Ed reported it causing problems for both corporate and academic libraries as early as 2010

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