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Developing and managing e-book collections

Academic libraries are steadily shifting from print to electronic resources. Many assign more than half their budgets to e-content. The University of New South Wales Library, for example, spends 75 per cent.1 Association of Research Libraries (ARL) statistics for 2007 and 2008 show that the average ARL university library spends 51 per cent of its materials budget on electronic resources. Some libraries allocate more than 80 per cent of their budgets to electronic resources.2

The Primary Research Group survey shows that United States libraries spent an average of 25.4 per cent more on e-books in 2007 than in 2006, and an average of 36 per cent more in 2008 than in 2007. E-book spending by non United ...

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