Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Sticker Shock 2

Our youngest students, raised using Google, are often shocked when I say that the difference between library information and Google's is loot, greenbacks, benjamins, cash, scrilla, jack, bread, dead presidents, moolah, chedda, bling, bucks, dough, filthy lucre.

In 2002 Cornell's Engineering Library put together a website called "Sticker Shock" graphically documenting the incredible cost of engineering periodical subscriptions, for example a one-year subscription to The Journal of Applied Polymer Science cost $12, 495.00 -- as much as a Toyota Corolla in that year.

They have revised this site with current prices. Check out Sticker Shock 2 -- and be very glad you are associated with a university library.

1 comment:

Fletch said...

Lets hope the concept of open access journals takes off before there is no money left to run the library.