> To a greater degree, I think libraries ought to be putting into practice the principles of our profession against public domain works. Collection. Preservation. Organization. Dissemination. Take EEBO (Early English Books Online), for example. Why couldn't the library community create something like that? Why do we need to let Proquest own the theses and dissertation market? Our profession is still not exploiting the technology and the available content. Our Acquisitions Departments are really the Purchasing Departments. We seemingly think we need to buy our content in order for it to be valuable.
> Eric Lease Morgan
> University of Notre Dame
Or, at least many of our administrators do. Many administrators seem
to follow the philosophy: "don't invest resources in building anything
locally that you can purchase from a vendor." Regardless of the value
(as determined by factoring quality and cost) of the product(s)
available for purchase.