Primary Research Group releases a new study: Creating the Digital Academic Library (ISBN# 1-57440-071-1.

(PRWEB) August 26, 2004 -- The study examines the digital library production centers at Cornell University, Indiana University, the University of Washington, the University of Michigan, the University of Pennsylvania System of Higher Education and the University of North Carolina. In addition, it examines the digital collection development policies at libraries sponsored by Columbia University, Duke, the University of Texas, and other universities.

The study finds that academic library digital library centers are aggressively seeking ways to become better integrated within the library, and more self supporting by generating revenue from ventures outside the library. Currently, most of these efforts center around leasing software or services to other libraries.

The mission of the academic library digital library center varies enormously from institution to institution, with some focusing on content development, and others focusing on information technologies to manipulate content or library processes.

Digital library production centers seem to gain the most support when they are well integrated with information technology services within the library and the general university community.

Some in the digital library production centers believe that academic libraries themselves can foster open access publishing by using the infrastructure developed by academic digital libraries.

For a PDF review copy of this study, send an email entitled Review Digital Academic to e-mail protected from spam bots. Please include the name of your publication in the body of the message.

The report is available for $69.50 directly from Primary Research Group, or from major book distributors such as Baker & Taylor, Midwest Library Services, Blackwells, the Book House and others.

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Source :  http://www.prweb.com/releases/2004/8/prweb151088.htm