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Mass Digitization

October 31, 2006

Roy Tennant’s recent Library Journal article, "Mass Digitization," discusses how far digitization efforts have come in the last decade, especially with the mass scanning efforts in large research libraries by Google and the Open Content Alliance.  He touches on a very important question–what does this mean for libraries?  When much of our collections are available online, either for free or for a fee, how will that impact how we loan items?  Will users be able to download a "cost-per-use" book at home, but charge it to their library card and the library picks up the fee?  Will libraries subscribe to digital-book-aggregators, much like we do with digital-periodical-aggregators now (like InfoTrac and MasterFile)? 

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