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Title:The Real Costs and Financial Challenges of Library Networking: Part 2
Author(s):Shaughnessy, Thomas W.
Subject(s):Research libraries --United States --Automation
Library information networks --United States
Abstract:The development of the virtual electronic library and the resulting shift in emphasis from ownership to access raise questions about the responsibility for local collection development. However, access depends on ownership; a network does not create new resources, it facilitates the sharing of existing resources. This sharing has resulted in burdensome levels of interlibrary loan activity. In addition to the financial costs that result from this activity, convenience costs to local users at the lending library and increased preservation costs must be considered. Finally, research libraries will not only be measured by ownership statistics but by access criteria as well, and they will also have to deal with the politics of virtual libraries and networking.
Issue Date:1991
Publisher:Graduate School of Library and Information Science. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Citation Info:In B. Sutton and C.H. Davis, eds. 1991. Networks, open access, and virtual libraries : implications for the research library. Papers presented at the 1991 Clinic on Library Applications of Data Processing. Urbana, Il: Graduate School of Library and Information Science: 123-127.
Series/Report:Clinic on Library Applications of Data Processing (28th : 1991)
Genre:Conference Paper / Presentation
Publication Status:published or submitted for publication
Rights Information:Copyright owned by Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois. 1991.
Date Available in IDEALS:2007-07-10

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