LINGUIST List 16.939

Mon Mar 28 2005

Disc: Re: 16.894, Disc: Abolishing Fund Drive

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        1.    Marie-Josee Goulet, Re: 16.894, Disc: Abolishing Fund Drive
        2.    Jack Hall, Funding for LINGUIST

Message 1: Re: 16.894, Disc: Abolishing Fund Drive

Date: 28-Mar-2005
From: Marie-Josee Goulet <>
Subject: Re: 16.894, Disc: Abolishing Fund Drive

I am a STUDENT at Laval University in Quebec City (Canada), and I am in
favor of charging a subscription fee to receive emails, but maybe not to
access the site. As I understood Ms. Cruz-Ferreira, it costs 50,000$ to run
the List and 20,000 linguists use it. So, it would cost 2,50$ by
subscriber. Did I miss something?

Even though we loose, let's say, 10,000 subscribers because of this new
charging fee, it would cost each one of us only 5$. Did I understand
correctly? Even students can pay that!

Last year, I donated to the Linguist List. I believe that the List is
essential and vital to the well-being of linguistics in the world.

Marie-Josee Goulet.

Linguistic Field(s): Not Applicable

Message 2: Funding for LINGUIST

Date: 28-Mar-2005
From: Jack Hall <>
Subject: Funding for LINGUIST

I am the librarian at the University of Houston who oversees collection
development in linguistics. I find LINGUIST useful in helping me keep
somewhat up-to-date on developments in linguistics, but my most frequent
use of it is as an awareness service for new publications in the field that
I want to consider for my library's collection.

I subscribe to a number of academic internet lists, mostly in
librarianship. I am accustomed to such lists being totally free to
subscribers such as me. Is LINGUIST unusual among academic internet lists
in being forced to solicit funds from subscribers, and in perhaps being
forced to charge a fee for being a subscriber? Are there particular reasons
that LINGUIST must take these measures? Is it normal for host institutions
to fund such lists entirely, and does LINGUIST differ from other lists in
this regard?

Academic libraries do not usually pay to be made aware of new library and
research materials; publishers and vendors make sure we know about them.
Therefore, my library and university would not pay for me to be a
subscriber. Academic librarians usually make much less money than other
''academics'' in similar institutions, so I would probably not be able to
subscribe personally.

I wonder if publishers and vendors derive sufficient financial benefit from
their promotion on LINGUIST to warrant making them pay whatever cost the
host institution is unwilling to pay. Or perhaps it would be necessary to
divide LINGUIST into several divisions, such as one announcing and
reviewing recent publications, for which publishers and vendors would bear
the cost. Another division might be for discussions and queries relating to
linguistics research topics, for which subscribers would have to be
solicited for contributions, or pay a fee.


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