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Title: Funding for LINGUIST
Submitter: Jack Hall
Description: 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.

Jack
Date Posted: 28-Mar-2005
LL Issue: 16.939
Posted: 28-Mar-2005

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