« on: February 19, 2017, 12:20:19 PM »
Electronic subscriptions are one of the largest expenses for university libraries. The subscriptions aren't cheap and likely would not be for AHA especially when you consider you are buying access for 46,000 members.The only concern for the journal would be pro-brewer push back but it is not likely.
I can do the phone calls on behalf of the AHA if the AHA gives me permission.
This is a great idea to a geek like me, but I'm not sure that a majority of the general membership would find it valuable. When I was completing my second Masters degree a few years ago, I loved my access to various journals through the University's library. If AHA could get similar access, I would love it. If you have insight as to how libraries and allied organizations get access, your Governing Committee would like to hear it. However, the bottom line is that is limited funding available to things that might have limited appeal to the membership as a whole.
I personally would vote against this if it took money from other programs I value more (AHA home brewing rights work, this forum, out reach, NHC, Homebrewcon).
To answer how universities get access: Universities and other organizations often band together in consortia that then subscribe to packages of journals from the various large publishers.
Here is a list of library consortia.