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The Future of Resource Sharing

Magazine article Information Today

The Future of Resource Sharing

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Edited by Shirley K. Baker and Mary E.Jackson

The Haworth Press, Inc. 1995


202 Pages. Hardcover $34.95

The Future of Resource Sharing is a collection of papers compiled by Shirley K. Baker, dean of University Libraries at Washington University at St. Louis, and Mary E. Jackson, access and delivery services consultant for the Association of Research Libraries (ARL). Their topic focuses on how the rapidly changing environment of libraries will affect the present and future of resource sharing.

Nancy Eaton (dean of library services at Iowa State University) sums up the challenge to research libraries in the following statement from her essay, "Resource Sharing: The Public University Library's Imperative" this way, "The Challenge for the public university research library in the 1990s is to find ways of funding the rising expectations for service while preserving their contribution to the public good."

The remaining 12 chapters discuss various aspects of the fast-changing future of resource sharing. Not only is resource sharing changing, but the role and function of libraries themselves must change to meet the dynamic demands.

Paul Mosher (University of Pennsylvania) discusses access. "The library paradigm for the 1990s must be the creation of new delivery structures which . . . must be faster, cheaper, and handle increasing volumes of activity."

Publication of scholarly journals will change in the coming electronic era. William Gray Potter (University of Georgia) discusses how copyright law affects scholarly journals, what the shortcomings in the existing publication system are, and what changes will happen in the future.

Jutta Reed-Scott (Association of Research Libraries) discusses the future of resource sharing as imagined by the "North American Digital Library" project. The chapter discusses how resource sharing in the electronic environment will change the way libraries operate.

One of the primary concerns of resource sharing is cost. "Resource Sharing and Prices," by Malcolm Getz (Vanderbilt University) discusses the "relationship between price, cost, and the well-being of consumers of information." Getz describes the various methods of funding resource sharing, such as barter, money exchange, grants, and taxes. …

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