Access and usability: Those are the first two tires that information professionals kick when it comes to information sources. Authority and usefulness are the other two on their four-wheeled carriage. So many factors swirl around the judgments they make. For librarians, in particular, price becomes a key factor. No matter how authoritative, useful, and usable a source may be, you may not have the thousands that some scholarly publisher is charging for it. Overpricing has a cascading effect. The open access movement comes to the rescue. Publishers may be limping along after it, dressed in haute couture gold lame or disguised in militant khaki-green camouflage.
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