[LINK] Digital-library company plans to charge students for access
Thu, 16 Nov 2000 15:20:45 +1100
50,000 titles is reasonable for a tertiary level teaching collection.
This might be the beginning of the end for undergraduate library
services. Ann Okerson, who I've met and hear speak on a number of
occasions would not associate herself with a poor quality service.
Extracted item for information.
Source: Edupage, November 15, 2000
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DIGITAL-LIBRARY COMPANY PLANS TO CHARGE STUDENTS FOR ACCESS
In January 2001, Questia Media will begin offering a digital
library service that will allow students to electronically
search a collection of roughly 50,000 books and journals by
keyword. Students must pay between $20 and $30 a month for
Questia's service and will be able to cut and paste specific
content into their papers digitally. The service will
automatically create footnotes and will hyperlink footnotes in
papers that are submitted online, allowing professors to check
references easily. Questia says 135 publishers have agreed to
provide some titles through the new service, although many of the
titles are out-of-print. Yale University associate university
librarian Ann Okerson says Questia appears to be creating a
viable collection. Okerson, who recently accepted an unpaid job
on Questia's Librarian Advisory Council, says she hopes to
persuade the company to offer institution-wide licenses so all
students could access the service, since the subscription fees
Questia is proposing are too high for some students.
(Chronicle of Higher Education Online, 14 November 2000)
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