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Subject: Hur mycket är 36% av 96%?
From: Jan Szczepanski <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:BIBLIST - Topics in Nordic research library user services <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Wed, 31 Aug 2011 10:16:20 +0200

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Läste nyligen i en platsannons

"Karolinska Institutet är forskningsintensivt och 96% av bibliotekets
mediabudget går till e-resurser."

Vi kan nog utgå från att det handlar till största delen om
elektroniska tidskrifter.

Läste samtidigt en artikel i Guardian om storförlagens oskäliga vinster

"The returns are astronomical: in the past financial year, for
example, Elsevier's operating profit
margin was 36% (£724m on revenues of £2bn). They result from a
stranglehold on the market.
Elsevier, Springer and Wiley, who have bought up many of their
competitors, now publish 42%
of journal articles."

Karolinska som är så forskningsintensivt har säkert Big Deals från
dessa tre förlag.

Kan vi  påstå att 36% av dom 96% av mediebudgeten går direkt ner i
fickan på dessa förlag?
Lite hårddraget så är svaret ja.

Men vad kan Karolinska göra åt detta skandalösa förhållande?

Ingenting om man får tro artikeln i Guardian

More importantly, universities are locked into buying their products.
Academic papers are published
in only one place, and they have to be read by researchers trying to
keep up with their subject.
Demand is inelastic and competition non-existent, because different
journals can't publish the same
material. In many cases the publishers oblige the libraries to buy a
large package of journals,
whether or not they want them all. Perhaps it's not surprising that
one of the biggest crooks ever
to have preyed upon the people of this country – Robert Maxwell – made
much of his money through
academic publishing.

Det är bittert att kunskap blivit en handelsvara och en besvikelse att
biblioteken fortsätter dansa med
vargarna och håller god min.

"What we see here is pure rentier capitalism: monopolising a public
resource then charging exorbitant
fees to use it. Another term for it is economic parasitism. To obtain
the knowledge for which we have
already paid, we must surrender our feu to the lairds of learning."


Jan Szczepanski
F.d. Förste bibliotekarie och chef för f.d Avdelningen för humaniora
vid Göteborgs universitetsbibliotek
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