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What Would It Cost to Buy Everything? | The Scholarly Kitchen


What Would It Cost to Buy Everything? | The Scholarly Kitchen.

Intriguing but (using the author’s own words) “simplistic question”.  Joseph Esposito challenged members of the liblicense Listserv to estimate how much it would cost to license “everything”, ostensibly for data or text-mining.  This was not meant to be rhetorical…he wanted an answer.  But to be answered, a question must be clear, which this wasn’t.

In addition to questions about format (electronic backfiles), material type (journals), and quality (peer-reviewed), there were questions about audience and purpose.  This very question is what librarianship is all about.  Of course, Joe’s “use case” was not for a library, per se, But I’m taking his thought experiment on a tangent.

How much would it cost a library to buy everything that the patrons need – not everything ever published, just what the patrons need.  And not what the librarians think they need – what they actually need or even want.  This last constraint may not be feasible to include – at least at this time.  Perhaps use-driven acquisition models will extend into other resources, but for now, let’s base our fantasy collection on what we, as professional librarians, believe our patrons need or want.

Of course, like Joe’s experiment, there are more variables to take into consideration, including range of years, online availability, accessibility (multiple platforms), and, of course, quality and relevance.  However, I think it would be a useful exercise for us to come up with our ideal collection and estimate its cost.  This would enable us to have a target funding model.

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