I am particpiating in a panel on "Democratizing Research Access: Overcoming Exclusion from Well-Resourced University Research Libraries at the American Historical Association in Washington DC in January. Other members of the pane will include the convenor, Becky Nicolaides of UCLA, Tula Connell from the National Coalition of Independent Scholars, Kevin Norris, from ProQuest, Bernard Reilly of the Center for Research Libraries, and Virginia Steel from the UCLA Library.
Please share your ideas about practical ways to address the access problem. What would work for you? Would you be willing to complete a grant application, join a society, or pay a subscription fee to gain individual access? What measures do you think libraries, donors, learned associations or universities could and should take that would at least improve the situation even if it is not a complete solution? What measures do you think are unhelpful or impractical (such as going in person to every single archive or leaving a child as collateral).
Have you discovered any creative but legal workarounds?
What effect, if any, would easier access have on your work?