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ERIC Number: ED411838
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996
Pages: 5
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Electronic Publishing and Collection Development, a Subscription Agent's View.
Wallas, Philip
Trends in publishing, advances in technology and pressures on library budgets have combined to put libraries and publishers at odds with each other. Research libraries expect broad, easy access to electronic information, greater convenience and faster delivery but at reduced cost. Publishers are exploring new channels for distributing their content while seeking to maintain control of their intellectual property, minimise risk and increase income. Subscription agents have an important role in resolving these tensions. Substituting access to digital information for ownership of materials introduces new uncertainties concerning delivery systems, costs and collection stability. Electronic publishing asks both publishers and libraries to take on new roles which may be handled better by subscription agents. Business issues such as managing access are obstacles to wider use of electronic publishing. The demands of password maintenance and authorization are similar to the headaches of ordering, renewing and paying individual subscriptions. IP address authentication and user ID/password access control have predominated. A new approach, access consolidation by the subscription agent, allows libraries the ease of use they seek while giving publishers the control they need. Different levels of access consolidation the agent might provide include: password consolidation, publisher server full-text access consolidation, and agent's server full-text access. (Author/AEF)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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