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Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Duplicate provision of priced resources

Lanny Arvan has blogged some thoughts on the November 2006 ARCL report, Changing Roles of Academic and Research Libraries.  Excerpt:

...Open access to scholarly information in electronic form requires one Library in total that's for the entire globe. There is a huge amount of wasteful duplication now as each University Library provides in essence the same service. The service that needs to be provided locally, giving access to the private good content that is in the Library collection, will continue indefinitely, but as the report points out there is likely a narrow constituency for that service and that constituency is likely to dwindle in the future....