A Handbook of Digital Library Economics

1st Edition

Operations, Collections and Services

Authors: Wendy Evans David Baker
Paperback ISBN: 9781843346203
eBook ISBN: 9781780633183
Imprint: Chandos Publishing
Published Date: 31st July 2013
Page Count: 284
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Table of Contents

  • Foreword
  • Preface
  • Acknowledgements
  • List of abbreviations
  • List of figures and tables
  • About the authors
  • Chapter 1: Digital economics: introduction and overview
    • Abstract.
    • Introduction
    • Defining the digital library
    • The need for economics
    • Recent history and relevant work
    • Key themes
    • Conclusion
  • Chapter 2: Sustainability
    • Abstract.
    • Introduction
    • Defining sustainability
    • Basics of a sustainable approach
    • Sustainability criteria
    • Case studies
    • Conclusion
    • Case Study 1: The JSTOR platform
    • Abstract.
    • Introduction
    • History and mission
    • Libraries
    • Publishers
    • Users
    • The future
    • Case Study 2: Project MUSE
    • Abstract.
    • Introduction
    • The MUSE mission: a balancing act
    • The MUSE experiencemanaging the digital transition
    • The MUSE experience: reinventing the platform at the article level
    • The MUSE experience: adopting a content neutral approach
    • The MUSE message: evolve, expand, engage and embrace the future
    • Muse 2020
    • Case Study 3: Organic, symbiotic digital collection development
    • Abstract.
    • Introduction
    • Introduction to the university and library
    • Digital collection community partnerships
    • Insights for the future
    • Case Study 4: Developing a portal framework for humanities scholars
    • Abstract.
    • Introduction
    • Project objectives (mission)
    • Building the portal (experiences to date) Technology and engineering considerations
    • Project staffing and management
    • Deploying the portal
    • Lessons learned
    • Recommendations (key messages for other practitioners)
    • Conclusions


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.

Key Features

  • 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


Anyone involved in digital library developments and digital collections and services (whether or not library-based), including managers, subject specialists, project directors, technical staff, content creators, editors and managers, researchers and academics in the field of library and information science and digital economics; Librarians


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"...an indispensable manual for anyone contemplating a digital collection of their own, whether this is a community-based digitisation project, an academic value-added data set or a portal for arts students...It will undoubtedly become a reference book for many a practitioner in the field."--The Australian Library Journal,Vol. 63, No. 2, 2014

About the Authors

Wendy Evans Author

Wendy Evans is the Head of Library at the University of St. Mark and St John, UK. She has published and lectured in the field of electronic journal and database usage, access versus ownership of journals, and has already co-edited and co-authored four books with David Baker.

Affiliations and Expertise

Head of Library, University of St Mark & St John, UK

David Baker Author

Professor David Baker has published widely in the field of Library and Information Studies, with eighteen monographs and over 100 articles to his credit. He has spoken worldwide at numerous conferences, led workshops and seminars. His other key professional interest and expertise has been in the field of human resources, where he has also been active in major national projects.

Affiliations and Expertise

Emeritus Professor of Strategic Information Management, University of St Mark & St John, Plymouth, Devon, UK