Cloud-sourcing Research Collections: Managing Print in the Mass-digitized Library Environment

by Sabrina I. Pacifici on February 15, 2011

Cloud-sourcing Research Collections: Managing Print in the Mass-digitized Library Environment, Constance Malpas, Program Officer OCLC Research, January 2011

  • “Analysis of the distribution of subject matter and library holdings represented in the HathiTrust Digital Library and shared print repositories further confirmed that the digital corpus is largely representative of the collective academic library collection, suggesting a broad potential market for service. A further positive finding was that monographic titles in the humanities constitute the greatest part of the mass-digitized resource, which may indicate that some relatively under-resourced disciplines will begin to benefit from a digital transformation that has already powered enormous innovation in the sciences. As detailed [in this report], we also found that substantial library space savings and cost avoidance could be achieved if academic institutions outsourced management of redundant low-use inventory to shared service providers.”
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