Replacing the real with the virtual: buying and borrowing journals at the University of Melbourne
AuthorROWSE, DOROTHEA; GIBSON, MARY ANN
Source TitleProceedings, Breaking barriers:reaching users in a digital world.8th Interlending and Document Supply International Conference
Document TypeConference Paper
CitationsRowse, Dorothea and Gibson, Mary Ann (2003) Replacing the real with the virtual: buying and borrowing journals at the University of Melbourne, in Proceedings, Breaking barriers:reaching users in a digital world.8th Interlending and Document Supply International Conference, National Library of Australia, Canberra.
Access StatusOpen Access
During the past decade, the costs to academic libraries of acquiring resources, especially journals have soared. This has been an international phenomenon which has been exacerbated in Australia by volatility of the A$. The University of Melbourne has been as hard hit as any other institution and once comprehensive research collections of journals have been reduced considerably, in some cases to core collections for teaching and research. The Library has examined a number of possible ways of ameliorating the situation, none of them unique or original, and all tried elsewhere with some success However, the end result of the Melbourne experiment has been to embed the use of ILL and document delivery as a part of the management of the Materials Vote on an ongoing basis, and to have this approved by the University hierarchy. This paper outlines the stages taken to reach this decision
KeywordsIFLA; document delivery; interlibrary lending
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