[Irtalk] How much is your university paying for journal access?

Hilton Gibson hilton.gibson at gmail.com
Sat Jul 19 17:09:44 SAST 2014

Almost twenty years later, the Big Deal turned out not to be that much of a
bargain. The Big Deal is like a single all-you-can eat subscription for a
set fee, however libraries soon learned that there are many downsides to
consuming academia in a bundle. *Most libraries would spend a great deal of
their budgets on the Big Deal, then would find themselves lacking funds for
other important purchases* like buying monographs, which had an impact on
scientists and other researchers alike, a situation exacerbated by the fact
that the proportion of research university funding allocated to libraries
has been falling over time.


*​Another vicious cycle of dependence, which if broken, could easily fund
self-hosted open access scholarly communication platforms in academic

*See: http://wiki.lib.sun.ac.za/index.php/SUNScholar/Value_Proposition
*And: **http://wiki.lib.sun.ac.za/index.php/SUNScholar/Repository_Information#Journals
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