I went to get that book from the library and it was there, along with two books of interest I had heard of and one I had not, so I checked out all four. It was amazing. This paper is not in my field, but in a field the university supports, and I feel like a different person now, respected, deserving of respect, or cared for, or loved. This is somewhat pathetic but it is indicative of how one feels normally, not being one whose research is appreciated. It was also amazing to remember how easy research can be when you have library holdings and are not hunting all over the place for basic materials.
I am not talking about unusual or archival, one-of-a-kind items, I am talking about standard academic books, basic things.
I also scanned something to put on the Internet for my class. In the past you would have made photocopies or left the book on reserve for the students to do it. Now students expect things served to them. As is typical, the scan did not send me all the pages I had scanned, and it didn’t look nice; I am going to find a photocopier and do it again, because I don’t think these scans, even if they had been complete, are nice to read at all. What do you do?