We’re not talking about UI, here. Elsevier has positioned itself to rely less on libraries. It’s smart, but libraries should pay attention.
This is an every-industry kind of a problem, because there’s just not a lot of good advice about how to shop for web work.
This is not just a sign of the times but a trend carried by the momentum of aggregation theory, which describes how the user experience has become such a dominant force shaping the success of businesses.