Re: Average price

Susan Weber (sweber@langara.bc.ca)
Fri, 8 Dec 1995 09:09:38 -0800 (PST)

Steve:

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
behalf.

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

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

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

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

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