Magazine article Computers in Libraries

Up for Discussion

Magazine article Computers in Libraries

Up for Discussion

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The theme this month is Going Digital. In the call for papers, we painted the subject with a broad brush, for we know that libraries have been managing the transition from print to digital for many years now.

In fact, over the past couple of decades, we have watched the card catalog turn into an OPAC. We have seen bound indexes turn into databases, directories turn into information services, copies turn into scans, and now, books turn into ebooks.

As we have seen so many times in recent techno waves, it is not always as easy as it sounds to get from here to there. So, as these things go, the library community has focused much well-deserved attention the past several months on publishers' business models for lending ebooks to library patrons.

In this issue, authors Maria Brahme, Patricia Delich, and Elena Heilman add a twist to this discussion by providing their unique perspectives on how to bring ebooks that live outside the offerings of the business models of gigantic, commercial publishers and big ebook distributors into your library's collections and make them accessible to students and other patrons. …

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