Open Access: Medium and long term implications for academic libraries


David Goodman, Palmer School in Manhattan, Palmer School in Manhattan, New York University, Bobst Library, Room 707, 70 Washington Square South, New York, NY 10012-1379
Academic librarians usually agree about a single aspect of journal articles in chemistry and other sciences: there is one system which is not viable in the long run--the presen t system. There is less agreement about remedies. There are many potential candidate systems but very little experience, especially about long-term viability and compatibility. Those committed to any of the alternatives can construct strong arguments, but in the absence of reliable theory or sufficient experiment, we are left with opinion--and prejudice. This talk shall summarize what I regard as the range of plausible future prospects, with mention of the views of those who see it differently.