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

Online Access to Journals in Scripture

A combination of cost increases/savings, title availability, and accessibility has made it possible for the library to offer you online access to many journals. This is a link to the LibGuide outlining the Scripture journals now available online.  Feel free to check out other topic areas on this guide as well!

We’ll be highlighting other subject areas over the next few weeks, and updating these guides as needed. Stay tuned!

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The primary mission of the Leo Dehon Library is to support the human, intellectual, pastoral, and spiritual needs of the students and faculty at Sacred Heart Seminary & School of Theology. In addition, we serve the Priests of the Sacred Heart, staff, alumni, patrons from the wider community, and the work of the Church.

We provide access to integrated digital and print resources in multiple formats, representing the wide range of perspectives available in our collection, the SWITCH consortium, and through cooperative borrowing agreements. We offer information literacy instruction, research assistance, technology coaching, and writing support for scholarship at all levels.

Fr. Charles Yost, SCJ, former library director, dies after brief illness

Fr. Charles Yost was the director of the Leo Dehon Library from 1964 until 1980.  He helped Charles-Yost-sq-150x150plan and design the library prior to construction of the new Monastery in 1968, while still a student in the library school at Catholic University of America.  He had a great love for music, particularly classical and liturgical – he built a collection of over 12,000 LPs and several thousand CDs.

“Yostie” served in many capacities over the years: missionary to Indonesia, work at the Province development office, parish priest, minister to retired SCJs, spiritual director of the Sacred Heart League, chaplain to the Ancilla Domini convent in Milwaukee.  Retired, Fr. Yost was a member of the Sacred Heart Community at SHML. In retirement, he continued to be active, overseeing the production of the American Ordo for many years in collaboration with the Province Development Office.

“Being an SCJ definitely influences how I minister. From the SCJs who have been my directors and mentors I have a deep appreciation of the Mass and the Eucharist that I try to pass on to others. I believe that as a priest I must be physically present to the people with whom I minister. That is a mark of religious priests and of the SCJs who have influenced me.”