The Library: Three Jeremiads by Robert Darnton | The New York Review of Books

“When I look back at the plight of American research libraries in 2010, I feel inclined to break into a jeremiad. In fact, I want to deliver three jeremiads, because research libraries are facing crises on three fronts; but instead of prophesying doom, I hope to arrive at a happy ending.”

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An Update on Taking Up a Collection for arXiv – Wired Campus – The Chronicle of Higher Education

In January, Cornell University announced that it would be passing the hat for arXiv, the widely used online repository that houses e-prints of journal articles in physics, quantitative biology, mathematics, computer science, and related fields. The repository has long been housed at Cornell but had gotten too expensive to maintain alone, the university said…

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University of Houston Libraries Delete Pioneering Open Access Journal, The Public Access-Computer Systems Review, from Website

The University of Houston Libraries published one of the first open access peer-reviewed journals published on the Internet, The Public Access-Computer Systems Review. Established in 1989, the journal's last issue was published in 1998. It had over 4.2 million Gopher or Web file requests from January 1994 through December 2006.

Today, the University of Houston Libraries have deleted this open access journal from their website. The only remnant of the digital version of the journal is an online catalog record, whose link is inoperative. The current Dean of the University of Houston Libraries, Dana C. Rooks, served as an editor of the journal.

The University of Houston Libraries have also deleted the Scholarly Electronic Publishing Bibliography archive. The UH Libraries published this updated digital book from 1996 through 2006. The only remnant of the of the digital book is an online catalog record, whose link is inoperative. From October 1996 through December 2006, the digital book had over 6.6 million Web file requests.

The University of Houston Libraries have also deleted Public-Access Computer Systems News. The UH Libraries published this digital newsletter from 1990 though 1995. There is no catalog record for this newsletter. Both Dean Dana Rooks and Senior Associate Dean Linda Thompson were editors of this newsletter.

The University of Houston Libraries have also deleted the home pages for two early Internet discussion lists, PACS-L and PACS-P.

Preliminary searching in Google suggests that, in spite of a copyright agreement that permitted libraries from freely archiving The Public Access-Computer Systems Review, none have done so. Perhaps they expected that the University of Houston Libraries would perpetually archive a digital journal that they published.

Although there appears to be no library archive of the The Public Access-Computer Systems Review, print versions of volumes 1-5 are still available in some libraries. These print versions were published by LITA to meet the needs of readers with limited Internet access. A full archive of the Scholarly Electronic Publishing Bibliography, including post-UH versions, is available on Digital Scholarship (http://digital-scholarship.org/sepb/sepb.html), and it will remain so for as long as that website is functional.

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