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The role of the academic library

Claire Creaser

Abstract:

Changes in models of subscription and access to journal articles, together with the changing expectations of their users, have necessitated change in the ways in which academic libraries manage the provision of scholarly information. This chapter details current levels and recent trends in journal provision and use in UK academic libraries, and makes some (limited) international comparisons. It goes on to consider how open access to journal outputs, whether via the ‘gold’ (publisher-driven) route or the ‘green’ (self-archiving) route, may affect libraries in the future, and examines the users’ perspective. It concludes that there is a need for academic libraries to act as intermediaries ...

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