Picked this up from The Scholarly Kitchen, SSP’s fabulous blog. http://scholarlykitchen.sspnet.org/ The Association of College and Research Libraries is going to make College & Research Libraries freely available to all readers effective April 1 and this is not an April Fool’s joke. The post on Scholarly Kitchen is from the astute Phil Davis who points out that someone is going to have to pay the bill. But is appears that ACRL, which has other sources of income (like ALA) may be prepared to support the journal at a loss for the benefit of members. Hmmm.
By contrast, the 159-year-old New York Times is moving to a pay model effective March 28, 2011. Apparently, customers will be allowed to download 20 articles before the cash register rings. But, as Dennis Brunning intimates on the ATG news channel clicking on the link from a remote cite may not count. Hmmm. http://www.nytimes.com/2011/03/21/business/media/21times.html
And we have all heard that Judge Denny Chin has rejected the terms of the Google Book Settlement. Putting on my librarian’s hat, I say too bad. This blocks access to much of the world’s information. As an author, I say this is good. My rights are protected. Hmmm. http://www.against-the-grain.com/2011/03/court-rejects-google-settlement/
And, according to David Rapp, TRLN “has contracted with library consultant Judy Luther, president of Informed Strategies, to work with TRLN libraries to collect and analyze data on eBooks and help develop its final report.” And guess what? TRLN “plans to present its findings regarding eBook pricing models, licensing terms, and negotiation strategies at the next Charleston Conference,” November 3-5! http://www.trln.org/