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'The Hall of Mirrors - Trying to Explain Why Users Value Free Content Differently'

Recently, traffic from a set of journals from the American Physiological Society (APS) was studied, and it was found that PubMed Central's (PMC's) version of APS content decreased HTML views at the journal sites by about 14%. Later, in writing a separate post about the potential costs the PMC traffic drag might be creating for publishers, I did a quick comparison with PLoS data, and found that PLoS journals overall lose 22% of their traffic to PMC.

The fact that PMC draws traffic away from PLoS was really puzzling to me-why would journals that are always free for readers to access give up nearly 1/4 of their traffic to another free resource? ...

-Posted by Kent Anderson from The Scholarly Kitchen at http://scholarlykitchen.sspnet.org on Nov. 28, 2012.

'Tales From an Urban Librarian'

Sometimes I think about what it would be like to have a flashier job, a better-paying job, a job that would allow me to use my creative talents for "greater" things, a job where I felt a little more respected and a lot less frustrated.

And then a kid comes over and talks about something going on in her life and she asks for advice. ... Or an adult will come over with a grown-up problem and I help him ... I remember that these are things that matter and I'm where I'm supposed to be.

So maybe the flashier things are empty and meaningless and maybe they aren't, but it means more to me to be there for someone than to be someone. …

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