Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 16, No. 176.
Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London
Date: Fri, 23 Aug 2002 06:49:44 -0700
From: "Joseph Jones (UBC Library)" <jjones@INTERCHANGE.UBC.CA>
Subject: commerce and research
Here is a "me too" comment on Aimee Morrison's note about commercial
research. A bibliographic project now in its third year has
benefited significantly from research in the databases of amazon,
abebooks, and other booksellers. These sources have yielded material
not found -- and not findable -- in academic library catalogues or
union catalogue derivatives like WorldCat. And more and more I go
to bookstores to examine material that will make it into the library
only months later ... This phenomenon reflects both the impoverishment
of the academy and the zest of enterprise.
Joseph Jones University of British Columbia Library
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