Monday, February 27, 2012

Tilting at e-Windmills, part Deux...

(in which we find our intrepid heroes back on the front lines of the War of Information Access against the evil Informational-Industrial complex...)  

If you talk to enough academic librarians, you will (probably sooner than later) hear people bemoaning the business model adopted by some of the larger academic publishing concerns. Of these, Elsevier is the current (and somewhat long-reigning) champion /poster child/ bete noir. There are many, many reasons for this, and I could probably devote an entire blog to just discussing their, um, "interesting" pricing practices. But I will spare you, Gentle Reader, the gory details and instead refer you to a succinct summary of the present winter of our discontent  (with apologies to the Bard of Avon).

Video of the day: Henry V: Act 1, Scene 3 (you'll want headphones, or turn your speakers down a bit...)

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