Re: Average price

Susan Weber (
Fri, 8 Dec 1995 09:09:38 -0800 (PST)


Re: your comments:
> I'm not so sure group buying is the answer--nobobdy ever said that
> librarians could agree on anything any more than anybody else in this world.

In British Columbia, we have a perfectly acceptable consortium of 26
post-secondary institutions. We have to have it because our copyright
laws do not provide educational exemptions. We operate on a democratic
system: every institution has 1 vote. If there are enought votes to
buy an item, then a central coordinating body negotiates on everyone's

We have also organized a boycott of several Canadian companies because
of their restrictions on use (no lending permitted to other educational

Further, this province has had a lending cooperative that is almost
25 years old. A union database of holdings is created to facilitate that

Your comments are cruel and unusual about librarians not being able
to reach agreement.

Susan Weber, Media Librarian
Advanced Education Media Acquisitions Centre (AEMAC)
Langara College - Library Voice: (604) 323-5533
Vancouver, B.C. CANADA email:

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