ARL Statement to
Scholarly Publishers
on the Global
Economic Crisis
Karla Hahn, Director, ARL Office of Scholarly Communication
Cunprecedented
urrent economic conditions are affecting the funding base of even the
largest libraries in the US and Canada to a degree that is
in recent memory. The situation has altered relatively
quickly and most institutions had already completed renewals for 2009 serial
subscriptions. There has been concern in the library community that many
publishers may be operating at some remove from the realities of the situation
and the very widespread preparations that libraries are making to reduce
expenditures. In light of these circumstances, ARL issued a statement
intended to paint a picture for publishers of the budgetary conditions ARL
libraries are operating under currently and are preparing to face in 2010.
Although the statement conveys unpleasant realities, it is important to make
the situation as clear as possible so that publishers can make appropriate
decisions and have as much time as possible to consult with the library
community.
The ARL statement reflects a belief that many publishers of contemporary
scholarship and research will be seeking to remain true to a shared
commitment to promote the broad exchange of new scholarship and research;
therefore, it suggests some strategies that would be welcomed by the ARL
community. A similar statement was released by the International Coalition of
Library Consortia (ICOLC) last month. The two statements should reinforce
each other’s messages and provide publishers with information to help them
make their decisions.
The statement, included in full below, was created by the ARL Scholarly
Communication Steering Committee and endorsed by the ARL Board.
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FEBRUARY 2009 RESEARCH LIBRARY ISSUES: A BIMONTHLY REPORT FROM ARL, CNI, AND SPARC
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