From The Library Director:
Do We Still Need a Library?
me recently what the Library would be like in five years or would we still
even need a Library, since so much information is available online now.
I cannot say with any certainty what the Library will be like in five
years, but the following is a brief explanation of the sometimes complex
issues which the UAMS Library, and other health sciences libraries, are
- Much of the world's scientific information is not yet available online.
We must continue to purchase many books and journals in print format.
Also, many journals which are currently online have huge backfiles of
volumes available in print only, and most books are still available
only in print.
- Contrary to popular belief, very few quality publications are available
for free. Journals are usually more expensive in online form than in
print. While some publishers have started giving us a choice of paying
only for print or online access, many are still requiring that we pay
for both if we want online access. Most publishers used to have only
two prices for their print subscriptions (institutional/library and
individual), but they now have a confusing array of pricing schemes
for their products. One journal vendor estimates that there are more
than 50 pricing schemes currently being used by publishers.