A Handbook of Digital Library Economics - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9781843346203, 9781780633183

A Handbook of Digital Library Economics

1st Edition

Operations, Collections and Services

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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
  • Chapter 3: Models and tools
    • Abstract.
    • Introduction
    • Business models
    • Types of business model
    • Charging, costing and pricing models
    • Case studies
    • Conclusion
    • Case Study 5: accessCeramics: building and sustaining a global resource for arts education
    • Abstract.
    • Introduction
    • Background
    • Costs
    • Benefits
    • Alignment of benefits and costs
    • Revenue models
    • Contingencies for the future
    • Lessons learned
    • Case Study 6: The Chronopolis digital network: the economics of long-term preservation
    • Abstract.
    • About Chronopolis – digital preservation across space and time
    • Chronopolis in depth
    • Initial funding
    • Funding: the next generation
    • Funding: a layered approach
    • Lessons learned
    • Case Study 7: Economic implications of alternative scholarly publishing models
    • Abstract.
    • Introduction
    • Alternative publishing models
    • Method
    • Main findings
    • Extensions and developments
    • Implications for research libraries
    • Acknowledgements
    • Case Study 8: Sustainable economic models: Portico
    • Abstract.
    • Introduction
    • History of Portico
    • Economic model development – electronic journal preservation
    • Economic model development – electronic book preservation
    • Economic model development – digitised historical collection preservation
    • Lessons learned
    • The future
    • Case Study 9: Methods and metrics for assessing the return on investment of public, academic and special libraries
    • Abstract.
    • Introduction
    • Framework for assessing ROI
    • Survey methods
    • Surveys of public library users
    • Surveys of academic faculty and staff
    • Special library surveys
    • Cost analysis methods
    • Return metrics
    • Amount of use metrics
    • Reasons and purposes of using library services
    • Value of library services
    • Investment metrics
    • Return on investment
    • Case Study 10: EZID: a digital library data management service
    • Abstract.
    • Introducing EZID
    • The CDL and DataCite missions
    • Development of the EZID pricing plan
    • Early experiences
    • Lessons learned
    • Looking ahead
    • 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
    • Abstract.
    • Introduction
    • The process
    • Searching on EBSCOhost
    • Improving content and access
    • Patron-driven lease – the answer to inter-library loan for e-books?
    • Subscription collections
    • Collection development on EBSCOhost
    • Conclusion
    • Case Study 12: Woodhead Publishing Online - Chandos Publishing Online
    • Abstract.
    • Introduction
    • Woodhead Publishing Online, Phase 1: Market research
    • Woodhead Publishing Online, Phase 2: The mission
    • Platform development and lessons learned
    • Market response
    • Future developments
    • Case Study 13: A cost study of BMCC electronic reserves with a streaming video service
    • Abstract.
    • Introduction
    • Funding
    • Technology
    • Sustainability
    • Electronic reserves permissions costs
    • Lessons learned
    • Case Study 14: National Academic Research and Collaborations Information System in the Netherlands
    • Abstract.
    • Introduction
    • NARCIS: a description
    • DANS
    • Free service
    • Funding
    • Sustainability
    • Cost-effective decision-making
    • Responding to future developments
    • Resource allocation
    • Other costs related to the maintenance of NARCIS
    • Discussion
  • Chapter 4: The universal library: realising Panizzi's dream
    • Abstract.
    • Introduction
    • Aggregation
    • Building infrastructure: the long haul
    • Longevity
    • Tools and services
    • Born-digital collection building
    • Monographs
    • Funding
    • Conclusion
  • Index


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

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About the Authors

Wendy Evans

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

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 and St John, Plymouth, Devon, UK