OWS Library on the 1% in Publishing

Our sister librarian Mandy over at Occupy Wall Street has drawn back the curtain on how the 1% have gained control even over our educational and academic resources:

Like the banks, the publishing industry… has seen consolidation into the hands of a relatively few players.  More important than that even, the publishing industry has transformed into one dominated by multinational conglomerates.

The 99% are getting cut off from access to the scholarly output of the global community — content that should belong to everyone.  Read the whole article to find out who owns our scholarly heritage, and why providing a “digital library” is a struggle even for the largest university and big-city public libraries, let alone the People’s Libraries.  (Hint:  a single database subscription can cost tens or even hundreds of thousands of dollars annually.)  Occupy the publishing industry!


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