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Big-Deal Serial Purchasing: Tracking the Damage

The “Big Deal” looked like a good deal, a true win-win. But while the Big Deal has lowered the rate of serial price inflation, for many libraries the pricing remains unsustainable. Nearly half of libraries have seen substantial increases in serial spending during the past ten years. Where does...

Techniques for Creating Sustainable Digital Collections

From the IntroductionCollections digitization is expensive. Librarians hope for high returns--many users, many years of use--from these investments, yet the digital products created from preservation and access initiatives are inherently fragile, requiring ongoing attention and care to remain usable.As more cultural heritage institutions move beyond experimenting with digitization...

Establishing an Institutional Repository

From the IntroductionThe 2003 edition of the annual Association of College and Research Libraries' (ACRL) Environmental Scan identifies institutional repositories, among others, as an "emerging issue that may affect the future of higher education [and] academic libraries" (ACRL, 2003, p. 3).Establishing an institutional repository is not a simple, quick, or inexpensive undertaking. To many,...

Computer Technologies to Aid Special Audiences

From Chapter 1, "Who Aren't You Serving Digitally?"Everyone has heard of the Digital Divide and the serious ramifcations it brings to providing information to all. This report addresses the needs of three groups disenfranchised by the explosion of electronic information: People with disabilitiesOlder AdultsPeople for whom English is a second language (ESL)These groups could immediately...

Filtering and Filter Software

From the IntroductionSince June 23, 2003, when the U.S. Supreme Court found the Children's Internet Protection Act (CIPA) constitutional, many libraries are, for the first time, seriously considering installing Internet filters.CIPA states that libraries must install a technology protection measure (such as a filter) that protects against visual depictions of obscene material, which includes...

Integrated Library Software: A Guide to Multiuser, Multifunction Systems

From the "Introduction and Scope"This issue of Library Technology Reports provides an in-depth analysis of multiuser library automation systems and the companies that produce them. These systems automate the routine operations of a library, provide library users information about the library's collection, and serve as a channel for delivering key library services.The term integrated library...