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By David P. Baker, Wendy Evans

ISBN-10: 1843346206

ISBN-13: 9781843346203

This ebook presents a spouse quantity to electronic Library Economics and specializes in the 'how to' of dealing with electronic collections and providers (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 pragmatic guide 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 industrial and monetary elements of electronic developments
  • Will be worthwhile to practitioners, and tutors and scholars in a wide selection of situations

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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.

Woodward and Rowland, 2009) Case Study 9 summarises and develops this kind of work. In 2004, Pung et al. assessed the British Library’s contribution to the UK national economy using the contingent valuation method (CVM) discussed in more detail in Chapter 3 and Case Study 9. Their study was the first of its kind and provided not only a comprehensive evaluation of the collections and services, but also a demonstration of how the technique could best be used, not least in a digital library context.

K. D. McDonald; Towards Electronic Journals: Realities for Scientists, Librarians and Publishers, 2000; Communication Patterns of Engineers, 2004, with C. Tenopir), information professionals (The Information Professional, 1981, with A. Debons, U. L. M. M. Griffiths). In addition, he has over 300 other publications. He has received many awards and honours in recognition of his work including Pioneer of Science Information, Chemical Heritage Foundation, Research Award and Award of Merit, American Society for Information Science and Technology, Fellow, and American Statistical Association.

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