Here’s a quote from the Professional and Scholarly Publishing division of the Association of
American Publishers’ response (pdf) to the FRPAA legislation (about):
There is no need for federal agencies to replicate content on their own sites when web-linking approaches to publishers’ authoritative versions could serve better the same goal of public access. Acting on its own in the free market, the publishing industry already has made more research information available to more people than at any time in history. Articles are widely available in major academic centers and private-sector online databases, as well as through public libraries, state universities and interlibrary loan programs. Many professional, academic and business organizations also provide professionals with access to the research literature.
But you tell us you don’t.
Via Stevan Harnad
The Research Information Network’s 2009 study “Overcoming Barriers: Access to Research Information Content” link goes to some lengths to show that the access problem is not “small.”
Of the 800 respondents, over 40% said that they were unable readily to access licensed content at least weekly; and two-thirds at least monthly. The key reasons for failing to secure access were perceived to be […] that the library had not purchased a license for the content, because of budgetary constraints (56%). Around 59 per cent of respondents thought that non-availability of content does have some impact on their research, while 18 per cent say the impact is ‘significant’ either in terms of timing and/or comprehensiveness and/or other quality impact.
Tell your representatives who’s right.