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LCS benefits, was Re: [CONLANG] Conlang hosting

From:Amanda Babcock Furrow <langs@...>
Date:Tuesday, March 4, 2008, 0:41
This is wild dreaming and maybe not to the right forum (but there is not
yet an LCS forum to which to post it, so...)

The benefit I would be most excited to see from the LCS, but which would
require that it have a thriving budget, would be... JSTOR access!  I am
staring down the barrel of hopefully completing my online degree within
the next year, and from all I can tell, individuals simply cannot get
access to the wonderful databases of journal articles that I can currently
access as a student.  Sure, you can pay a huge yearly subscription and
get just the International Journal of American Linguistics articles... but
even that is too expensive for me, and besides, there are other journals :)
But JSTOR, which for the uninitiated provides access to hundreds of journals
including the IJAL, Oceanic Linguistics, and even the archives of the Journal
of Cuneiform Studies, only wants to deal with institutions.  So, why not
become an institution?

(Ok, I went and looked at the numbers: provided we could convince them
that we were a non-profit research institution to begin with, we would
undoubtedly fall into their Very Small Institution classification, and
therefore only pay $1500 upfront plus $500 a year for their "Arts &
Sciences Complement", a bundle of currently 143 titles including the
above-mentioned journals.)

A benefit like this, something that I can only obtain as a member of a
group, would truly make LCS membership worthwhile to me.



Paul Schleitwiler, FCM <pjschleitwilerfcm@...>
Sai Emrys <sai@...>