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Library management, librarianship, library science, library access


Contrasts library costs for short-term access to digital collections for a delimited group of library users with the traditional free access and loan of now-ageing and irreplaceable print collections, suggests that future access to major research collections of printed material may well be fee-based, and argues that libraries need to plan for the future of their book stock with the same imagination and financial realism that has been given to digital resources. Presented in Plenary Session 1: the Future of the Book, at the Charleston Conference on Issues in Book & Serial Acquisition, Nov. 6, 2003, and subsequently published in the Charleston Conference Proceedings.