Lee Hadden points out The Chronicle Of Higher Ed says many academic libraries and consortia are deciding whether to renew contracts first brokered during the burst of electronic offerings in the late 1990s. One of their biggest decisions will be whether to continue with ScienceDirect, the largest and most costly of the electronic packages.
\"It\'s a pitched battle right now for control of research libraries\' rights to determine what they offer their patrons,\" says Jeffrey B. Garrett, acting assistant university librarian for collection management at the Evanston campus of Northwestern University. \"The problem with all of these big deals out there is that we are being asked to provide our patrons with things that we don\'t want, and pay for them. And we really don\'t appreciate being confronted with this form of ultimatum.\"