Download e-book for kindle: A Handbook of Digital Library Economics: Operations, by David P. Baker, Wendy Evans

By David P. Baker, Wendy Evans

This booklet offers a significant other quantity to electronic Library Economics and specializes in the 'how to' of coping with electronic collections and companies (of all kinds) in regards to their financing and monetary administration. The emphasis is on case reviews and functional examples drawn from a wide selection of contexts. A instruction manual of electronic Library Economics is a realistic handbook for these concerned - or awaiting 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 commercial and fiscal elements of electronic developments
  • Will be important to practitioners, and tutors and scholars in a large choice of situations

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It is clear that change is already well under way (Keiser, 2010), with a wide range of pathfinder and exemplar projects exploring new futures for libraries. Indeed, librarians have often been some of the earliest adopters of new technologies (Walter, 2010), paving the way for more widespread adoption by other public and private sector organisations, though a number of commentators have observed that progress is neither consistent nor coherent. Nevertheless, librarians have evolved ‘from mere content providers to sophisticated service suppliers’ (Markscheffel, in CILIP, 2007) and in consequence, Buchanan (2010; see also Chowdhury, 2010) argues that, as a trusted information provider, libraries are in an advantageous position to respond to this much-changed environment, but this requires ‘integrated strategic and enterprise architecture planning’ across a complex matrix of variables, of which economic factors are a fundamental aspect.

This seems to have been achieved, at least partly, by the development of a number of equitable co-investment funding models that have been ‘the basis for sharing the financial responsibility for providing access to … digital resources … on all ten campuses’ (French, 2004). Business models were developed by publishers in order to calculate the total cost to the university of the digital resources, including a unit cost model based on full-time equivalent student numbers, the cost of print plus an electronic access fee and a flat fee plus a fee for ongoing access.

This book aims to address this gap by attempting to provide a ‘manual’ for all those involved – or expecting to be involved – in the development and management of digital libraries. While it is based on theory and research, it takes a practical approach to the subject, focusing on the key challenges associated with the economic and financial aspects of digital developments. The handbook therefore concentrates on the ‘how to’ of managing digital collections and services of all types with regard to their financing and financial management.

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