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This is an interesting opportunity to discuss availability of information.  Last 
year I was researching language acquisition to discover the experts beyond Stephen 
Krashen (a man I really appreciate and I teach from his theories) because I wanted 
to be able to compare research.  I located several articles available from Amazon.  
I was searching online through regular search engines and these articles came up as 
hits.  I noted the citations for each piece and then I looked them up in EBSCO.  It 
was thrilling to find them there!!  Oklahoma provides EBSCO Host products to OK 
citizen library users for free.
  Why would I buy from Amazon?  I have better resources.  Then, again, I'm a 
librarian and I know about these resources.  

Jacqueline Henry <JHenry@GANANDA.ORG> wrote:
  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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        Lisa Hunt
  School Library Media Specialist, elementary
  National Board Certified Teacher
  Moore, OK 

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