2017 SSP 39th Annual Meeting
Concurrent 5E: Who’s Faster, a Pirate or a Librarian?
STM publishers have traditionally sold subscriptions and licenses to libraries as the go-to place for information, but social media and the deep web have presented library users with other access options. If gaps grow between what publishers and libraries offer and what users want and need, a variety of problems can arise, as exemplified by the now widespread usage of Sci-Hub. Publishers need to support and understand librarians who play an essential role as advocates and trainers for information literacy, as well as guardians of content. Content piracy threatens every link in the scholarly communication chain, from publishers through librarians to the end-user. This session will discuss the latest outside-the-library access methods for STM content and the reasons why some users prefer them.
Moderator: Jan Peterson, Reprints Desk