Dr. Christine Wellums forwarded the text of the presentation by Heike Lilie, the Juristin for Hamburg’s petitions committee (Sachbearbeiterin Eingabendienst). Thanks to both Heike and Christine for sending this along.
Max Planck Society terminates licensing contract with Springer publishing houseFollowing several fruitless rounds of talks the Max Planck Society (MPG) has, effective January 1, 2008, terminated the online contract with the Springer publishing house which for eight years now has given all institutes electronic access to some 1,200 scientific journals. The analysis of user statistics and comparisons with other important publishing houses had shown that Springer was charging twice the amount the MPG still considered justifiable for access to the journals, the Society declared. “And that ‘justifiable’ rate is still higher than comparable offers of other major publishing houses,” a spokesman of the Max Planck Digital Library told heise online.
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During our visit to the Hamburg Bürgerschaftskanzlei, Dr. Christine Wellems discussed and passed around the Leipzig Memorandum. This document described the role of the government library in the information age. The Arbeitsgemeinschaft der Parlaments und Behördenbibliotheken has a page about the memo, which includes an English translation of it.