Ebooks seriously undermine the value of libraries in each of these functions. First, there's the nonownership problem which only lets libraries provide patrons access to some portion of the vendor's collection as long as annual license and maintenance fees continue to be paid. If a library should falter in paying, its whole ebook "collection" simply vanishes - as if it had never existed.
The Steve Coffman Vice President, Library Support Services LSSI — Library Systems and Services Decline T he past 30 years of library history is littered with projects and plans and sometimes just dreams of ways the library might play a more pivotal role in the dig- ital revolution that co
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