Are A & I Services in a Death Spiral?
The author discusses whether traditional fee-based abstracting and indexing (A&I) services in the fields of physical sciences and engineering is nearing its demise. She notes that fee-based A&I services are facing challenges amid the closure of corporate libraries and cuts in the budget of academic libraries. Factors affecting the future of the A&I services industry are change in perception towards the service and the switch to digital full text. In the author's opinion, the industry will follow the example of newspapers into a downward spiral.
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