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ERIC Number: EJ873109
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 21
ISSN: ISSN-0896-3576
The Impact of Licenses on Library Collections
Chou, Min; Zhou, Oliver
Acquisitions Librarian, v17 n33-34 p7-23 2005
The increasing popularity of digital information has brought great convenience to library patrons. It has, however, posed challenges to libraries in achieving their major missions, i.e., preservation and dissemination of information. The underlying reasons for this phenomenon are dichotomous: the restrictions imposed by electronic information licensing agreements and unreliability of digital content. During the transition from a traditional library to a digital one, libraries spend more to acquire both print and digital resources simultaneously. This dual format mode puts more pressure upon libraries' shrinking acquisition budget. Digital content providers have turned the digital content from sale to lease through licensing, and the licensing terms usually restrict libraries in delivering effective and efficient virtual library services to users. For the collective good of society, the only real solution will be the digital First Sale Doctrine established for library exemption.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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