Well said -- and my sentiments exactly!!! Jan Foster, Librarian Carondelet Health St. Joseph Medical Center/St Mary's Medical Center 1000 Carondelet Dr. Kansas City, MO 64114 816.943.2160 fax 2592 [log in to unmask] -----Original Message----- From: Medical Libraries Discussion List [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Julie Stielstra Sent: Wednesday, January 20, 2010 8:54 AM To: [log in to unmask] Subject: my turn for a rant: McGraw Hill :-P Just received notification that after this year, McGraw-Hill is doing an Ebsco: their texts will no longer be available through aggregators, but only through their own access point. Sooo, Ovid and StatRef users: no more Harrison's, Current Med Dx & Tx, Hurst's Heart, Williams Obstetrics. You get to teach your users yet ANOTHER place to search. I have struggled mightily to make life EASY for my users - "one stop shopping! start here for access to ALL our resources!" Ha. It's just getting more and more fragmented. Want an LWW journal? Gotta be from Ovid, no other option. Gotta buy their hundred-title bundle for tens of thousands, with titles you don't want, and then have to pay more to get important titles you really need that they slyly won't include in the "bargain" bundle. I am getting SO frustrated with this corporate bullying. We are forced to buy from them, on their terms, with their restrictions (can't send ILLs to Canada, can't send electronic copies without paper copying first, can't fill ILLs at all, ad nauseam), accessing only through their own websites with who knows what kind of search function. Isn't there some kind of trust / monopoly issue here? I was so proud of the academic community when they stood up together to Nature and told them NO - we'll cancel your journals before we'll put up with your embargoes - and Nature backed down. I'm just one little community hospital library - McGraw Hill won't even notice if I tell them to go, well, you know. Makes me long for the days when we were able to pick title by title, what we wanted and needed for our clientele. When journals cost less than $1000 a year. When we got to KEEP the content we paid that $1000/yr for for as long as we wanted it. When we got to fill ILLs for each other without tying ourselves into paper knots or else thumbing our noses at their absurd restrictions and hoping for the best. MLA - can't you help? Stern letters? Anti-trust investigations? Retirement is looking much too far away today. Sigh. -- Julie Stielstra, MLS Manager, Knowledge Resource Library Central DuPage Hospital 25 N Winfield Rd Winfield, IL 60190 phone 630-933-4536 fax 630-933-4530 email jstielstra [ at ] gmail.com "Never...be mean in anything; never be false; never be cruel. Avoid those three vices...and I can always be hopeful of you." -- Betsy Trotwood to David Copperfield (Charles Dickens) CONFIDENTIALITY NOTICE: This email message and any accompanying data or files is confidential and may contain privileged information intended only for the named recipient(s). If you are not the intended recipient(s), you are hereby notified that the dissemination, distribution, and or copying of this message is strictly prohibited. If you receive this message in error, or are not the named recipient(s), please notify the sender at the email address above, delete this email from your computer, and destroy any copies in any form immediately. Receipt by anyone other than the named recipient(s) is not a waiver of any attorney-client, work product, or other applicable privilege.