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Bringing down the barriers

With all the benefits of more open sharing of research, why hasn’t change proceeded more rapidly? There are a number of factors holding things back.

With all the benefits of more open sharing of research, why hasn’t change proceeded more rapidly? There are a number of factors holding things back:

As a result, and despite the potential of the Internet for broad and economical information dissemination, the readership of journals and monographs today is little changed from in the past — or may have actually declined as a result of library funding constraints.

For scholars and students at institutions that can afford subscriptions to the digital editions of journals, the problem may not be obvious. But many potential users don’t have access. And despite the tremendous growth in library purchases of electronic resources, researchers are more often than ever requesting copies of materials their library doesn’t own.

The research process is too often slowed or degraded by use restrictions that are a relic of another time. But promising changes are starting to emerge.

For examples, visit Cases in Point.