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I have noticed lately that Amazon has MANY professional level journal articles for 
sale on thier site.  I wonder....

1.   Do they sell many of these articles?

2.   Why would people spend $5, $10, or more for articles that in many cases they 
can get free from library subscription services?  For instance - I just ran across 
this article: Online-Powered School Libraries. By: Richardson, Will. District 
Administration, Jan2007, Vol. 43 Issue 1, p62-63, 2p; which I was able to print 
using EBSCOhost Masterfile Select - provided free to NY residents via New York 
State library funding.

3.  Perhaps there are not enough states that provide these databases?

4.  And the most likely scenario - perhaps the databases are not being promoted 

5.  Why is it SO hard to get people to percieve libraries as free access to 
resources in all formats - digital as well as books.  How do we break out and get 
people to realize that computers have not replaced libraries.  That libraries 
enhance access to digital information.  Getting people to connect libraries with 
loaning videos etc. did not seem nearly as steep a learning curve.

Feeling a bit philisophical today I guess....


"The Librarian, whose job is to heal ignorance, to keep life safe for poetry and to 
put knowledge smack dab in the middle of the American way."

From The Philadelphia Inquirer, 9-20-03
Jacquie Henry, MLS
Ruben A. Cirillo High School (GHS)
Gananda Central School District
3195 Wiedrick Road
P.O. Box 609
Macedon, NY  14502
315-986-3521 x 3144
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