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Libraries Seek Ways to Hold Down Costs

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Science  18 Jan 2002:
Vol. 295, Issue 5554, pp. 429
DOI: 10.1126/science.295.5554.429a

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TOKYO-- Soaring subscription prices, an unfavorable exchange rate, and a decentralized approach to collections have led to a dramatic reduction in the number of available titles at Japan's 99 national universities. Library officials met here last week to discuss taking advantage of cheaper online access and using their joint bargaining power to bring down subscription costs.