Conclusion: e-books and the future of technical services


E-journals were an adjustment for libraries, taking users to the web interface rather than to the building, but e-books – especially subscription models for books that cannot be loaned to other libraries – take an even more direct hit at what it means to be a library. Libraries and publishers have to struggle together through the conversion to an electronic format again, and surprisingly little help comes from the lessons learned with e-journals. E-books have taken a long time to develop, but now they are emerging as a dominant and important format in libraries’ collections and becoming the tipping point for the electronic format in general. Soon electronic resources and their ...

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