Editor's Comments

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Welcome to the first issue of Information Technology and Libraries (ITAL) as an open-access, eonly publication. As announced to LITA members in early January, this change in publishing model will help ensure the long-term viability of ITAL by making it more accessible, more current, more relevant, and more environmentally friendly. ITAL will continue to feature high-quality articles that have undergone a rigorous peer-review process, but it will also begin expanding content to include more case studies, commentary, and information about topics and trends of interest to the LITA community and beyond. Look for a new scope statement for ITAL shortly.

We're pleased to include in this issue the winning paper from the 2011 LITA/Ex Libris Student Writing Award contest, Abigail McDermott's overview on copyright law. We also have two lengthier-than-usual studies on library discovery services. The first, Jason Vaughan's overview of his library's investigations into web-scale discovery options, was accepted for publication more than a year ago, but due to its length did not make it into "print" until now, since we no longer face the constraints associated with the production of a print journal. …