A Handbook of Digital Library Economics: Operations, by David P. Baker, Wendy Evans

By David P. Baker, Wendy Evans

This ebook offers a significant other quantity to electronic Library Economics and specializes in the 'how to' of dealing with electronic collections and prone (of all kinds) with reference to their financing and fiscal administration. The emphasis is on case experiences and useful examples drawn from a wide selection of contexts. A instruction manual of electronic Library Economics is a realistic guide for these concerned - or awaiting to be concerned - within the improvement and administration of electronic libraries.

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  • Focuses at the demanding situations linked to the commercial and fiscal facets of electronic developments
  • Will be precious to practitioners, and tutors and scholars in a wide selection of situations

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Brown is the author of the Ithaka report University Publishing in a Digital Age. Prior to joining Ithaka, Brown was the president of Oxford University Press, USA, where she spent most of her professional career. She has led a variety of publishing divisions, including scholarly, professional, reference, trade and textbook operations, and helped Oxford to make the transition to digital publishing. Brown currently serves on the Yale University Press Board of Governors and the Meserve-Kunhardt Foundation Board of Trustees.

Chapter 1 provides an overview of digital library economics, describing the main areas to be discussed in more detail in subsequent chapters and case studies. It provides definitions of the term ‘digital library’ and a literature review of recent history and relevant works. It concludes with the key themes relating to all aspects of digital libraries: sustainability, economic models, business plans and resource allocation, and cost-effective decision-making. Keywords business plans cost-effective decision-making digital library economic models history of digital libraries resource allocation sustainability Introduction This opening chapter aims to provide an overview of digital library economics, describing the main areas to be discussed in more detail in subsequent chapters.

The emphasis will vary depending upon context, need and priority, though the basic elements identified here are typically always present (see, for example, Digital Library Federation, 1998; Seadle and Greifeneder, 2007). The need for economics Libraries – of all types – face an uncertain future (Feather, 2004; Grant, 2010). So do publishers and others involved in the creation, publication and dissemination of information and knowledge (see, for example, Paulson, 2011; Johnson, 2012). Continuing global economic difficulties and increased competition from other services and alternative means of provision mean that libraries will have to fight for resources, including through the development of strategic approaches and partnerships (Rasmussen and Jochumsen, 2003).

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