Selling Shakespeare's first folio: is this the future of humanities research?

Eve, Martin Paul (2013) Selling Shakespeare's first folio: is this the future of humanities research? Guardian . ISSN UNSPECIFIED

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Abstract

To sell or not to sell? That is only the smaller question. In the past week there has been uproar among the academic humanities community over the plan by Senate House library, the University of London to sell its first folio edition of Shakespeare's work.

As a lecturer in literature and somebody who cares deeply about the future of academic libraries, the prospect of these irreplaceable volumes falling into private hands fills me with dread (in writing for the Higher Education Network, I have consistently opposed the privatisation of higher education and cultural assets). Conversely though, many voices in this debate are ignoring the economic realities faced by research libraries in favour of an idealised model that avoids thinking about the causes of library budget shortfalls.

Keywords:Shakespeare, open access, Libraries
Subjects:Q Linguistics, Classics and related subjects > Q320 English Literature
P Mass Communications and Documentation > P410 Electronic Publishing
Divisions:College of Arts > School of English & Journalism > School of English & Journalism (English)
ID Code:11808
Deposited On:05 Sep 2013 20:38

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