The purpose of the paper is to consider how a stationary materials budget might be rearranged to permit the purchase of new electronic resources.
The paper examines the likely ways money can be saved or reallocated: canceling; negotiating better prices; substituting free resources; and finding money outside the annual institutional allotment.
It was surprising not to find in the current literature a tool for comparing journal aggregates and library databases with open source options, since there seem to be plenty of comparisons between commercial and open source software programs.
The paper offers suggestions as to how libraries can save or reallocate money.
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