Sacred Heart Joins E-Book Consortium

We are pleased to announced that Sacred Heart patrons now have access to a wonderful collection of theological e-books through the TLELP consortium. The Theological Libraries E-book Lending Project is an exciting cooperative adventure in which each participating library has licensing agreements with publishers that allow us to purchase our own e-books, and loan them to consortial members.

Sacred Heart students, faculty, and staff can use their SH login information to access the collection. More details about using the collection are in our LibGuide.

TLELP was launched in July 2016 by 13 ATLA libraries. According to Donna Campbell, project leader and technical services/systems librarian at Westminster Theological Seminary, “Libraries have the ability to buy e-books on a title-by-title basis rather than huge packages.” One item that makes TLELP unique is that the publishers are allowing member libraries to loan their e-books within the consortium, an almost-unheard-of development at this stage of the digital game.

Library Discoveries

The library continues its multiyear project to evaluate the print collection, deselect out-of-date materials and add resources where there are gaps. During this process, we occasionally come across forgotten little gems or items of interest.

Here’s one of them: The Pageant of Popes, printed in 1574 in London, and dedicated to the Earl of Sussex. For the non-history buffs out there, Lord Sussex was Lord Deputy of Ireland under both Mary Tudor and Elizabeth I – a major political feat on its own.

The Pageant of Popes is an anti-Catholic history of papal successions.  A brief sample: “S. Peter not bishop of Rome. For so muche as the Bishops of Rome have claimed, and doo still clayme their usurped supremacy by right of inheritance and succession from Peter, because he (as they pretend) was bishop of Rome at the least xxv yeares, and so tied all this dignitie and preogatiue (whiche they fight for) to his chayre for euer: It shall be therfore nedeful to consider, how likely it is to be true, that Peter continued bishop in Rome according to their boasting.”

The book was originally written in Latin by John Bale (1495-1563) and ‘Englished’ by John Studley, 1545?-1590?.

Highway Robbery Isn’t Just for Highways Anymore

Highway robberyWe recently got a notice of price changes for some journal titles to which we’ve been subscribing for years. The titles are: Journal for the Study of the New Testament, Journal for the Study of the Old Testament, Theology Today, Biblical Theology Bulletin, and Expository Times.  The increase for these 5 (count ’em, five) titles is 291%. To add insult to injury, we are charged twice for Biblical Theology Bulletin, since we have to pay a supplemental increase for our current year’s print version AND a new subscription for print + online access for next year (no more print-only option).  All of these titles were bought by Sage Publishers this year.

We aren’t the only library suffering due to publisher price increases, and these won’t be the only substantive increases we have to suffer. Several other titles previously published through Biola University have been sold to Sage and will be increasing in price accordingly.

In today’s climate, libraries are increasingly having to make difficult decisions about their collections: Do we continue to subscribe at highway robbery prices? If so, we’ll need to drop other titles to cover these costs.  Or do we take the publisher “deal”: if you subscribe to one of their packages instead of paying, say $500 per title for three journals, you can pay perhaps $1,500 for 50 titles (only 3 of which your patrons have any interest in whatsoever). That’s a great deal, right? After all, you’re getting 47 other titles (with perhaps limited access or other restrictions). Or drop all three titles you can no longer afford to subscribe to something else.

The tipping point to open-access publishing is rapidly approaching, if not already here.

For those who love details, here’s a chart. Our total costs for these 5 titles went from $779/year to $3049/year.

Title Original Cost Increase New Price
Biblical Theology Bulletin – 2017 94 214 308
Biblical Theology Bulletin – 2018 98 134 232
Expository Times 143 350 493
Journal for the Study of the Old Testament 212 596 808
Journal for the Study of the New Testament 212 596 808
Theology Today 118 282 400