The thing is, all Australian universities are looking to cut subscriptions,
to save money, looking especially at the least used subscriptions. If they
pooled to the NLA, they'd be preserving those niche or historic
subscriptions, and increasing the diversity of options across the board.
How real is that risk of the publishers restricting the NLA. Can we use the
German model to ensure it doesn't happen?
On 07/11/2014 8:30 AM, "Juergen Fenn" <> wrote:

> 2014-11-06 22:10 GMT+01:00 Liam Wyatt <>:
> > You'll not be surprised to hear that the idea of a single national
> license
> > has been proposed before (and especially supported by the smaller /
> > non-metropolitan universities. And you'll be equally unsurprised to hear
> > that the database companies don't like the idea.
> >
> > This is why the fact that you can get off-site access to a LOT of
> academic
> > database for free via the national library is an open-secret... The
> national
> > library is proud of the service but if university libraries stop
> subscribing
> > and instead tell their students to go via the NLA, then the database
> > companies might start disallowing offsite access in the future.
> I'd just like to point out that we have a similar scheme in Germany
> which is widely used and which is not dealt with  as an open secret,
> but officially. The scientific libraries at Munich, Göttingen, Berlin,
> and Frankfurt have taken over the technical and the administrative
> side, while the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft provided the money.
> Everyone living in Germany may apply for access to the databases
> available.
> List of databases:
> Regards,
> Jürgen.
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