In this book, first published in 1998, world-renowned experts on the subject of contemporary librarianship analyse the problems associated with coping with an ever-expanding knowledge base, given their current economic constraints and budgets. It examines challenging marketplace solutions to problems in the economics of information; economic modelling of investments in information resources at academic institutions; the economics of resource sharing, consortia, and document delivery; and measuring the costs and benefits of distance learning.

part I|26 pages

Challenging Marketplace Solutions to Problems in the Economics of Information

part II|18 pages

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation’s Program in the Economics of Information

part III|40 pages

Economic Modeling of Investments in Information Resources at Academic Institutions

chapter |10 pages

The Economics of Information

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chapter |10 pages

Questions and Discussion

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part IV|50 pages

Case Studies in Transforming the Scholarly Process: Costs and Benefits of Cooperation

chapter |4 pages

Questions and Discussion

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part V|28 pages

Alternatives to Current Access Models in Research Libraries

part VI|28 pages

Can E-Journals Save Us?

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Questions and Discussion

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part VII|38 pages

Economic Considerations for Digital Libraries

part VIII|18 pages

The Economics of Information Access in Higher Education

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part IX|24 pages

The Limits of Marketplace Solutions and the Need for Collaboration

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Questions and Discussion

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part X|43 pages

The Economics of Information and the Need for Collaboration-Creating a Research Agenda