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A Handbook of Digital Library Economics

Book Description

This book provides a companion volume to Digital Library Economics and focuses on the ‘how to’ of managing digital collections and services (of all types) with regard to their financing and financial management. The emphasis is on case studies and practical examples drawn from a wide variety of contexts. A Handbook of Digital Library Economics is a practical manual for those involved - or expecting to be involved - in the development and management of digital libraries.

  • Provides practical approach to the subject
  • Focuses on the challenges associated with the economic and financial aspects of digital developments
  • Will be valuable to practitioners, and tutors and students in a wide variety of situations

Table of Contents

  1. Cover image
  2. Title page
  3. Table of Contents
  4. Copyright
  5. Foreword
  6. Preface
  7. Acknowledgements
  8. List of abbreviations
  9. List of figures and tables
  10. About the authors
  11. Chapter 1: Digital economics: introduction and overview
    1. Abstract.
    2. Introduction
    3. Defining the digital library
    4. The need for economics
    5. Recent history and relevant work
    6. Key themes
    7. Conclusion
  12. Chapter 2: Sustainability
    1. Abstract.
    2. Introduction
    3. Defining sustainability
    4. Basics of a sustainable approach
    5. Sustainability criteria
    6. Case studies
    7. Conclusion
  13. Case Study 1: The JSTOR platform
    1. Abstract.
    2. Introduction
    3. History and mission
    4. Libraries
    5. Publishers
    6. Users
    7. The future
  14. Case Study 2: Project MUSE
    1. Abstract.
    2. Introduction
    3. The MUSE mission: a balancing act
    4. The MUSE experiencemanaging the digital transition
    5. The MUSE experience: reinventing the platform at the article level
    6. The MUSE experience: adopting a content neutral approach
    7. The MUSE message: evolve, expand, engage and embrace the future
    8. Muse 2020
  15. Case Study 3: Organic, symbiotic digital collection development
    1. Abstract.
    2. Introduction
    3. Introduction to the university and library
    4. Digital collection community partnerships
    5. Insights for the future
  16. Case Study 4: Developing a portal framework for humanities scholars
    1. Abstract.
    2. Introduction
    3. Project objectives (mission)
    4. Building the portal (experiences to date) Technology and engineering considerations
    5. Project staffing and management
    6. Deploying the portal
    7. Lessons learned
    8. Recommendations (key messages for other practitioners)
    9. Conclusions
  17. Chapter 3: Models and tools
    1. Abstract.
    2. Introduction
    3. Business models
    4. Types of business model
    5. Charging, costing and pricing models
    6. Case studies
    7. Conclusion
  18. Case Study 5: accessCeramics: building and sustaining a global resource for arts education
    1. Abstract.
    2. Introduction
    3. Background
    4. Costs
    5. Benefits
    6. Alignment of benefits and costs
    7. Revenue models
    8. Contingencies for the future
    9. Lessons learned
  19. Case Study 6: The Chronopolis digital network: the economics of long-term preservation
    1. Abstract.
    2. About Chronopolis – digital preservation across space and time
    3. Chronopolis in depth
    4. Initial funding
    5. Funding: the next generation
    6. Funding: a layered approach
    7. Lessons learned
  20. Case Study 7: Economic implications of alternative scholarly publishing models
    1. Abstract.
    2. Introduction
    3. Alternative publishing models
    4. Method
    5. Main findings
    6. Extensions and developments
    7. Implications for research libraries
    8. Acknowledgements
  21. Case Study 8: Sustainable economic models: Portico
    1. Abstract.
    2. Introduction
    3. History of Portico
    4. Economic model development – electronic journal preservation
    5. Economic model development – electronic book preservation
    6. Economic model development – digitised historical collection preservation
    7. Lessons learned
    8. The future
  22. Case Study 9: Methods and metrics for assessing the return on investment of public, academic and special libraries
    1. Abstract.
    2. Introduction
    3. Framework for assessing ROI
    4. Survey methods
    5. Surveys of public library users
    6. Surveys of academic faculty and staff
    7. Special library surveys
    8. Cost analysis methods
    9. Return metrics
    10. Amount of use metrics
    11. Reasons and purposes of using library services
    12. Value of library services
    13. Investment metrics
    14. Return on investment
  23. Case Study 10: EZID: a digital library data management service
    1. Abstract.
    2. Introducing EZID
    3. The CDL and DataCite missions
    4. Development of the EZID pricing plan
    5. Early experiences
    6. Lessons learned
    7. Looking ahead
  24. Case Study 11: Adding e-books and audiobooks to the search experience: How one vendor addressed customer needs and created a better e-book system for libraries
    1. Abstract.
    2. Introduction
    3. The process
    4. Searching on EBSCOhost
    5. Improving content and access
    6. Patron-driven lease – the answer to inter-library loan for e-books?
    7. Subscription collections
    8. Collection development on EBSCOhost
    9. Conclusion
  25. Case Study 12: Woodhead Publishing Online – Chandos Publishing Online
    1. Abstract.
    2. Introduction
    3. Woodhead Publishing Online, Phase 1: Market research
    4. Woodhead Publishing Online, Phase 2: The mission
    5. Platform development and lessons learned
    6. Market response
    7. Future developments
  26. Case Study 13: A cost study of BMCC electronic reserves with a streaming video service
    1. Abstract.
    2. Introduction
    3. Funding
    4. Technology
    5. Sustainability
    6. Electronic reserves permissions costs
    7. Lessons learned
  27. Case Study 14: National Academic Research and Collaborations Information System in the Netherlands
    1. Abstract.
    2. Introduction
    3. NARCIS: a description
    4. DANS
    5. Free service
    6. Funding
    7. Sustainability
    8. Cost-effective decision-making
    9. Responding to future developments
    10. Resource allocation
    11. Other costs related to the maintenance of NARCIS
    12. Discussion
  28. Chapter 4: The universal library: realising Panizzi’s dream
    1. Abstract.
    2. Introduction
    3. Aggregation
    4. Building infrastructure: the long haul
    5. Longevity
    6. Tools and services
    7. Born-digital collection building
    8. Monographs
    9. Funding
    10. Conclusion
  29. Index