A&I, full text, and open access: prophecy from the trenches.
Wagner, A. Ben
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This invited essay predicts the demise of most traditional abstracting and indexing services, i.e. finding tools. Free finding tools continue to improve and gain significant mind share among library patrons. Library budgets will continue to deteriorate and lose significant purchase power. In this environment, libraries will be forced to maintain full-text access to journals, the top priority for patrons, while cancelling finding tools.