Thursday, October 13, 2011

Libraries: Virtual Models and Access

Here is an opinion article that focuses on moving towards digital and away from repository models.  The libraries cited are academic and geared towards science, tech, med (STM).  One wonders if the sections at the public library that handle these will transform just like audio/visual/media.

However, if we are moving more towards a digital access model in the academics, who owns the content and will access be granted after terminating a license to content not owned?  Although STM materials date quickly, there are constituencies other than their primary audiences (e.g. humanities).

The two libraries cited:

Missouri University of Science and Technology
The library is primarily virtual,  in that it provides access to information that is not physically stored on the UMR campus.

Stanford University Engineering Library
Recently opened and the lion's share of their physical resources are stored off-site.

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