A Handbook of Digital Library Economics. Operations, by David P. Baker and Wendy Evans (Auth.)

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By David P. Baker and Wendy Evans (Auth.)

This e-book offers a better half quantity to electronic Library Economics and specializes in the 'how to' of handling electronic collections and companies (of every kind) in regards to their financing and monetary administration. The emphasis is on case stories and useful examples drawn from a wide selection of contexts. A instruction manual of electronic Library Economics is a realistic handbook for these concerned - or looking ahead to to be concerned - within the improvement and administration of electronic libraries.

  • Provides functional method of the subject
  • Focuses at the demanding situations linked to the industrial and monetary points of electronic developments
  • Will be worthwhile to practitioners, and tutors and scholars in a wide selection of situations

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Castelli, D. (2006) ‘Digital libraries of the future – and the role of libraries’, Library Hi Tech, 24 (4): 496–503. Cathro, W. (2009) ‘Digital library economics: international perspectives: the Australian perspective’, in D. Baker and W. Evans (eds), Digital Library Economics: An Academic Perspective. Oxford: Chandos Publishing. Chowdhury, G. (2010) ‘From digital libraries to digital preservation research: the importance of users and context’, Journal of Documentation, 66 (2): 207–23. C. (2005) ‘Preparing for the future: academic libraries in the beginning of the 21st century’, ICOL.

Chapters 2–4 and the various case studies consider these issues further. Conclusion These, then, are the main areas covered in this handbook. The ‘wordles’ at the start of each case study – and perhaps especially that associated with Derek Law’s summary in Chapter 4 – show both the complexity of the subject on the one hand and the commonality of the key areas on the other. There can be no one right answer and no perfect solution to the many problems posed in any digital library project. However, the last ten years have seen many positive developments that need to be used as the basis of robust collection and service development for the longer term.

Are new products or technologies emerging that may render the product or service redundant or inefficient? Are more innovative approaches or technologies developing that could be adopted to improve the value or impact of the service? Can the product or service be re-engineered or refreshed if/when the technology being used starts to become obsolescent? Competition Is there evidence of emerging competition in the area, commercially or from other public sector organisations? Does acceptable alternative provision, either commercial or non-commercial, exist?

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