The final players in the ecology are the libraries. They also perform a variety of roles. One is to service their users, the scholars at their institutions, by having resources to meet their needs. In the past, this has led to a lot of 'Just in Case' resource acquisition to ensure that future needs as well as current ones might be serviced. Librarians have also performed an organising function, cataloguing and structuring information resources for easier access and use. Finally, they have performed an archiving function, one that the publishers have not been willing to do. A significant proportion of a scholarly library's expenses is in binding and storing (and maintaining the building that houses) back issues of scholarly serials.
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