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CUTS ANGER STUDENTS
DEPARTMENTS ASKED TO TRIM SUBSCRIPTIONS OF SCHOLARLY JOURNALS
While most information is cheap
and plentiful these days, academia is finding that the ``good stuff'' is being
priced out of reach. UND's
library once again is asking academic departments to trim the number of
scholarly journals they receive. Just
three years ago, Chester Fritz library managers asked departments to cut the
number of journals by a third. This spring, the library is asking for another
cut of nearly 25 percent. Journals
report on the latest research and debate in every conceivable academic
discipline. Because each one addresses a specialized audience, their
circulations are low and costs are high. Some journal subscriptions cost
thousands of dollars a year. The
current round of cuts has sparked a protest among students on campus. More than
300 students have signed petitions expressing concern about the cuts and asking
university officials to find more money for journals. Mike
Franklin, an undergraduate psychology major, was a leader of the petition drive.
``We use these periodicals
constantly,'' he said. ``Tuition and costs are going up and up,'' but the school
is going downhill.
Library director Frank D'Andraia said the library's budget has remained
constant, but the cost of materials has been increasing. The library and selected departments are beginning an experiment next year
designed to cushion the loss of more journals.
Library director Frank D'Andraia said the library's budget has remained constant, but the cost of materials has been increasing.As costs rise but the budget remains static, he said, the library has had no choice but to cut the number of books and journals it purchases.
The library and selected departments are beginning an experiment next year designed to cushion the loss of more journals.For those departments, the university will negotiate special arrangements to make published articles available for a fee. In the chemistry department, graduate students and faculty members would have direct access to the special arrangement, department chairman Richard Baltisberger said. Undergraduates would have to identify a specific article and then ask a faculty member to order it.
Grand Forks Herald, April 30, 1996