Digital Library Economics covers key aspects of the management and development of the digital library from an economic viewpoint. The work is a collection of essays by leading international authorities and provides an overview of current and future positions with regard to the economics of digital library management and development. Key contextual aspects are described, providing a history of the growth of digital libraries, with special reference to financial issues, current and possible future economic models and costing methodologies and challenges, themes and issues in the field.

Key Features

  • Incorporates past developments, current good practice and future trends
  • Written by recognized national and international authorities
  • There is little else in the field: it fills a major gap in the literature


All involved in the funding, management, and development of digital libraries (including research and development), Digital publishing, and Internet service and content provision

Table of Contents

Digital library economics: The environment; Digital library economics: the key themes; A history of digital library economics; Digital library economics: Aspects and prospects; Journal publishing: implications for a digital library policy; Hybrid library management; Digital library economics: International perspectives 1 The Australian perspective; Digital library economics: International perspectives 2 The German perspective; Digital library economics: International perspectives 3 The Dutch perspective; E-journals and e-books; Digitisation – trends in the economics of retro-conversion; To be or not to be: Prospects for document supply in the digital library; Cost-effective decision-making in collection building; Spinning the disks – lessons from the circus; The CREE project: A case study on the novel delivery of search-related library services and its economic implications; The economics of copyright; The economic future for digital libraries: A 2020 vision.


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Chandos Publishing
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This book will provide the reader with a good idea of the context of digital library provision and of the main issues that need to be explored., Information Research