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Resource sharing in the electronic era: potentials and paradoxes.

Today's libraries face myriad challenges: social, economic, technical, organizational, and functional. One of the biggest challenges, however, is the rapid rate at which all of these factors are changing, their interdependence in·ter·de·pen·dent  
Mutually dependent: "Today, the mission of one institution can be accomplished only by recognizing that it lives in an interdependent world with conflicts and overlapping interests" 
, and the effects that we see in our attempt to maintain, much less increase, information services See Information Systems. . In 1986, the ALA Commission on Freedom and Equality of Access to Information wrote that: "Libraries of all types today find themselves caught between the anvil anvil

Iron block on which metal is placed for shaping, originally by hand with a hammer. The blacksmith's anvil is usually of wrought iron (sometimes of cast iron), with a smooth working surface of hardened steel.
 of growing citizen demand for increased access to a broader range of information resources (1) The data and information assets of an organization, department or unit. See data administration.

(2) Another name for the Information Systems (IS) or Information Technology (IT) department. See IT.
 in a wider variety of formats and the hammer of declining financial support" (ALA, 1984, p. 99). They were reflecting the then rapid rate of change, but not even that august body could have imagined the rapidity and variety of developments in today's information society.

Technology and its applications to information are evolving so rapidly that cutting edge installations of today are old hat tomorrow. The digitizing "Digitizer" redirects here. For the computer device, see Digitizing tablet. For the digitizer in Tablet PC's, see Tablet PC.

Digitizing or digitization
 of information is providing a cleaner and more restorable form of data collection, retention, and manipulation. The competition to provide supporting services for handling this digitized information influences not only the research community, but also the commercial and public sectors of the economy. The lack of standards has hampered this to some extent, but with the development of the Z39.50 standard, gopher space, World Wide Web servers, and Mosaic, the rate of change in system access and availability has increased dramatically.

Gorman (1991) has written that: "Resources sharing has two bases: the effectiveness of technology and the need to cooperate." He continues: "I think that we are, like it or not, entering a Golden Age of Cooperation because (1) the technology to link libraries and to make the users of one library aware of the collections of others is available and getting better all the time, and (2) economics are forcing us to cooperate" (p. 7). These factors - technology and economics - impact library programs and practices more directly today than they have at any time in the past. These in turn produce a variety of paradoxes in the current art of library and information provision. (The Concise Oxford English Dictionary Concise Oxford English Dictionary (until 2002 officially entitled The Concise Oxford Dictionary, and widely known by the abbreviation COD) is probably the best-known of the 'smaller' Oxford dictionaries.  defines paradox as a "statement contrary to received opinion; [a] seemingly absurd though perhaps really well-founded statement; self-contradictory; person, [or] thing, conflicting with preconceived notions Noun 1. preconceived notion - an opinion formed beforehand without adequate evidence; "he did not even try to confirm his preconceptions"
parti pris, preconceived idea, preconceived opinion, preconception, prepossession
 of what is reasonable or possible.") They have indeed begun to force the issues of cooperation, collaboration, and a heightened need for resource sharing. The following discussion is general in nature, and there are always exceptions, but it is time to challenge certain assumptions about the way in which we provide information and the nature of the library environment.

Webster's Ninth New Collegiate col·le·giate  
1. Of, relating to, or held to resemble a college.

2. Of, for, or typical of college students.

3. Of or relating to a collegiate church.
 Dictionary defines ownership as "to have or hold as property; to have power over." In this context, it is useful to consider several levels of ownership. The most convenient is, of course, the ownership that allows the patron to walk to a nearby shelf and take down the book or journal or videotape videotape

Magnetic tape used to record visual images and sound, or the recording itself. There are two types of videotape recorders, the transverse (or quad) and the helical.
 desired. The location of desired material that is owned at another branch of a library provides additional sources, but these are not immediately available. Another level is that of materials housed in remote storage. Most large universities are faced with this situation. Is it less convenient to wait for delivery from a branch library or from a storage facility that may be several miles or counties away? And the fourth level is the cooperative model, where access serves as surrogate surrogate n. 1) a person acting on behalf of another or a substitute, including a woman who gives birth to a baby of a mother who is unable to carry the child. 2) a judge in some states (notably New York) responsible only for probates, estates, and adoptions.  ownership. The deciding factor in making a selection decision, aside from the cost and the availability of an item, is the opportunity costs Opportunity costs

The difference in the actual performance of a particular investment and some other desired investment adjusted for fixed costs and execution costs. It often refers to the most valuable alternative that is given up.
 to the patron. What does it cost the patron to wait for information for an hour, a week, or a month?

Webster's defines access as the freedom or ability to obtain or make use of." Just as there are multiple levels of ownership, there are many levels of access, and these may influence the decision to own an item. First is the ability to identify desired materials. Do such resources - whether print, media, or electronic - actually exist? Next is the access level that provides knowledge of the item, that it is indeed available in a library or document depository The place where a deposit is placed and kept, e.g., a bank, savings and loan institution, credit union, or trust company. A place where something is deposited or stored as for safekeeping or convenience, e.g., a safety deposit box.  in the required format. The third level is that of the ability to retrieve it. Can it be borrowed, purchased through document delivery systems, sent directly to the patron; And if the third is impossible, can the patron go to the item. For many scholars, the need to use original documents allows no other choice. The strategic issue in this situation is to know that something exists and where it is located.

As a profession, we began the deconstruction deconstruction, in linguistics, philosophy, and literary theory, the exposure and undermining of the metaphysical assumptions involved in systematic attempts to ground knowledge, especially in academic disciplines such as structuralism and semiotics.  of ownership as the only option when interlibrary loan Interlibrary loan (abbreviated ILL, and sometimes called interloan, document delivery, or document supply etc.) is a service whereby a user of one library can borrow books, videos, DVDs, sound recordings, microfilms, or receive photocopies of  became an accepted and regular library activity. Upon the establishment of OCLC OCLC - Online Computer Library Center  and other utilities, the issue of ownership versus access was no longer of major importance, except as a rather arcane ar·cane  
Known or understood by only a few: arcane economic theories. See Synonyms at mysterious.

[Latin arc
 construct around which we could structure library and information science class sessions. In fact, by the time the question became broadly recognized, the information environment in which we function had long superseded the question. And thus we have the primary paradox facing the profession: access is ownership. Access is analogous to paying rent on a short-term lease rather than paying a mortgage, while ownership is the mortgage and includes a condominium condominium

In modern property law, individual ownership of one dwelling unit within a multidwelling building. Unit owners have undivided ownership interest in the land and those portions of the building shared in common.
 fee for the upkeep and continued housing of an item.

The second paradox is that ownership is not necessarily access. Consider the many large microform In micrographics, a medium that contains microminiaturized images such as microfiche and microfilm. See micrographics.  sets that libraries have acquired to provide primary source materials Noun 1. source materials - publications from which information is obtained
source - a document (or organization) from which information is obtained; "the reporter had two sources for the story"
 for their clients. How many of these are analyzed in the catalog catalog, descriptive list, on cards or in a book, of the contents of a library. Assurbanipal's library at Nineveh was cataloged on shelves of slate. The first known subject catalog was compiled by Callimachus at the Alexandrian Library in the 3d cent. B.C. , be it card based or automated? Particularly in an online environment, if the individual bibliographic record is not in the OPAC OPAC - Online Public Access Catalog , the library might as well not own the set in which it resides. In the present computer-oriented information structure, the traditional printed citation and index apparatus is simply inadequate for information-hungry and impatient users.

This leads to the third paradox: cataloging is access, but cataloging priorities may not be, and often are not, established based on collection priorities. Cataloging priorities are primarily based on personnel availability and personnel classification requirements. Japanese may be a collection priority, but if you cannot hire a cataloger cat·a·log or cat·a·logue  
a. A list or itemized display, as of titles, course offerings, or articles for exhibition or sale, usually including descriptive information or illustrations.

 with the language skills, you may not be able to support this priority. In addition, materials for which there is copy are likely to receive cataloging whether or not they fit collection or service priorities. Again, this is often highly dependent on the staff resources available, and that is often an area where the collection manager has little control. A library may be providing access to materials it owns, but its users may not care about records generated through the traditional cataloging backlog searching process.

Cataloging is access only when it happens. Minimal level cataloging of relatively rare or unusual items, in conjunction with collection level cataloging, provides less access to more information. Economics and organizational issues often govern our institutional priorities rather than the collection strengths and cooperative commitments established with such care and effort.

The fourth paradox is that acquisition and retention of a title is preservation. This is certainly not the traditional view of preservation, but if at least one library does not acquire, retain, and, preferably, catalog an item, it cannot become part of the shared resources Sharing a peripheral device (disk, printer, etc.) among several users. For example, a file server and laser printer in a LAN are shared resources. Contrast with shared logic.  of the library community. There is little reason to expect that any publisher, commercial or academic, will retain electronic information much longer than they retain paper copies. Again, it is a question of economics. Libraries and computer centers will continue to serve as the depositories of the intellectual and creative products of society. Our challenge will be to make these vast collections of materials accessible and available to those who need to use them.

The fifth paradox is that, while access assumes automation, automation does not necessarily mean access. There are many examples that support this contention. Interlibrary loan assumes that much of its transaction activity will be communicated via bibliographic utilities. If a library does not choose to participate, or if a utilities' requirements are such as to limit the library's participation, then automation may exist, but the data upon which the transaction should be based do not, and therefore access is limited at best. For example, many libraries add their data to OCLC via tape. However, due to the complexities of serial entry verification and the necessary de-duping activity that is required to maintain the database as a whole, serial holdings records may not (at present) be added via tape. They must be added online. Many major serial collections are therefore not yet reflected in a national bibliographic database For computer programs to manage an individual's bibliographic references, see Reference management software

A bibliographic or library database is a database of bibliographic information.

The second issue in this scenario is that of retrospective conversion. Many libraries have not had the resources to carry out a retrospective
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 conversion project, thus limiting the access to their collections. Automation may mean access if a library has carried out a project to support circulation on their local system. Brief records for every item in the circulating cir·cu·late  
v. cir·cu·lat·ed, cir·cu·lat·ing, cir·cu·lates

1. To move in or flow through a circle or circuit: blood circulating through the body.

 collection may exist in an OPAC yet may not be reflected in the utilities. However, with the access to catalogs through the Internet, access can be achieved when a library client is willing to invest the time to check many catalogs to locate one item.

A companion paradox is that acquisition is access if order and in-process records are included in the local OPAC as it is displayed on the Internet. In fact, with the inclusion of automated acquisitions systems in online catalogs Similar to an online library or databases in the information storage respect, ‘’’online catalogs’’’ allow potential customers to browse a company’s items for sale from a different location using the internet. , many of the concerns caused by the needs of the utilities and their huge databases can be bypassed by knowledgeable librarians and library patrons who are willing to invest the time and effort to access heretofore invisible materials.

The most disturbing result of this rapid high-tech environment in which many libraries are now living is the contrast between the "haves" and the "have nots." Flanders (1991) has noted that:

social, economic, and geographic barriers have combined to make it difficult for certain people to obtain information. Case in point: the telecommunications infrastructure in rural America is generally barely adequate for voice communications and cannot suport touch-tone service, let alone the advanced data capacity required by NREN NREN - National Research and Education Network . (p. 574)

It is not only the technology that limits accessibility to information resources. We must be very conscious that there is no such thing as free information. Somebody somewhere pays for information. It may be the taxpayer, the patron, the sponsoring research agency, the businessperson, but it has to be supported economically. The issue libraries must face is who pays where? Does the library receive support from its governing body Noun 1. governing body - the persons (or committees or departments etc.) who make up a body for the purpose of administering something; "he claims that the present administration is corrupt"; "the governance of an association is responsible to its members"; "he  to provide information resources, in any format, to its patrons or does the library have to charge? Or does it consciously decide to charge based on the nature of the materials requested? For example, a university library might decide to charge for online searches of commercial databases but to provide free mediated me·di·ate  
v. me·di·at·ed, me·di·at·ing, me·di·ates
1. To resolve or settle (differences) by working with all the conflicting parties:
 searches of government produced CD-ROMS. Alternatively, a library might view the value-added nature of a CD-ROM CD-ROM: see compact disc.
 in full compact disc read-only memory

Type of computer storage medium that is read optically (e.g., by a laser).
 as being an appropriate reason to institute charges, particularly when the library cannot acquire the title and the equipment any other way.

A puzzle in the development of electronic information is that librarians may, by their selection decisions, cause an economic chill in certain areas of traditional publishing by acquiring products only in machine-readable form. Paradoxically, the availability of relatively inexpensive "publication" through listservs or electronic journals could also make more works available than could ever be produced by decreasing publication cost dramatically.

To take the possibility of "chilling" publishing a little further, a major concern of collection managers is that, through the use of standard bibliographic sources, automated collection analysis mechanisms, and comparative collection evaluations, we are cloning cloning: see clone.

To make a product that functions like another. See clone. See also cloning software.
 our collections.

If libraries are not very careful, they will continue to lose the variety and health of the national collection in the desire to keep up with" peer libraries. It is clear that every library has to have a certain "core" of materials to support ongoing programs, reference needs, and specific areas of research, and that these primary collections may be relatively constant across institutions of a particular size and type. However, the nation's intellectual heritage is represented not only by these primary collections, but also, and in some cases, most importantly Adv. 1. most importantly - above and beyond all other consideration; "above all, you must be independent"
above all, most especially
, in the more individual and perhaps fringe areas fringe area
A zone just outside of the range of a broadcasting station in which signals are weakened and distorted.
 that seldom overlap but provide sources of great importance for present and future scholarship. And let us not forget that all scholarly work does not take place in the academic setting.

As libraries concern themselves with the retention of unique materials, they must also face the changing nature of communication and its affect on what Atkinson (1990) has called the "mutability mu·ta·ble  
a. Capable of or subject to change or alteration.

b. Prone to frequent change; inconstant: mutable weather patterns.

 of the historical record." Librarians are all aware of the "recalled" published works in both monographs and serials. The electronic work is even more volatile. When and how does an electronic work become fixed for retention in the library's "published" collection? How might it be changed and who can change it? Where does the historical and edited record reside? Again, there is no reason to assume that the producers of information, in any format, can be expected to be a permanent source of that information.

Another peculiarity of electronic publishing An umbrella term for non-paper publishing, which includes publishing online or on media such as CDs and DVDs.  is the set of requirements that publishers are placing on titles; restrictions that would seldom, if ever, have been placed on printed materials. It is normal for a publisher to try to limit the access to an electronic product to the students, staff, and faculty of a college or university. This is a nearly unenforceable Adj. 1. unenforceable - not enforceable; not capable of being brought about by compulsion; "an unenforceable law"; "unenforceable reforms"
enforceable - capable of being enforced
 rule for tax-supported and depository libraries Noun 1. depository library - a depository built to contain books and other materials for reading and study

athenaeum, atheneum - a place where reading materials are available
. Clearly, publishers must protect their profits in order to satisfy stockholders and continue publishing, but librarians and publishers must begin to work together to establish workable and realistic means to achieve this end.

Copyright is a paradox in itself. Fair use is continually reinterpreted through legal decisions, and the electronic environment only makes the situation more complex. Copyright statements now exclude any transfer of material to another format, including specific mention of any electronic medium. The role of fair use has not yet been clarified in this new environment and again forces librarians to evaluate the role of licensing, leasing, and copyright limitations impinging on the electronic scholarly record. Resources used to support distance education, a rapidly growing sector in continuing and adult education, will undoubtedly provide opportunities to test this in the near future. As Sabosik (1991) has stated, the changing technologies of electronic transmission of information "are reducing the physical boundaries to information and are changing the role of the publisher and the library intermediaries in the chain of scholarly communication Scholarly Communication is an umbrella term used to describe the process of academics, scholars and researchers sharing and publishing their research findings so that they are available to the wider academic community (such as university academics) and beyond. " (p. 60). These changes are not limited solely to the scholarly publication scene. As networking has become more common and less expensive, and as the information highway becomes a primary means of access to electronic information, the library and the publisher, not to mention the vendor, will take on new roles that are not yet defined and whose legal ramifications ramifications nplAuswirkungen pl  are as yet unknown and can only be anticipated in a most general way.

The excitement of providing greater resources and broader and more effective access to information in our local libraries and in libraries across the country (and with the Internet, the Internet, the, international computer network linking together thousands of individual networks at military and government agencies, educational institutions, nonprofit organizations, industrial and financial corporations of all sizes, and commercial enterprises  world) is tempered by the organizational cost borne by the library. Users are looking for Looking for

In the context of general equities, this describing a buy interest in which a dealer is asked to offer stock, often involving a capital commitment. Antithesis of in touch with.
 vast arrays of information and then looking for ways to filter it in order to minimize information overload A symptom of the high-tech age, which is too much information for one human being to absorb in an expanding world of people and technology. It comes from all sources including TV, newspapers, magazines as well as wanted and unwanted regular mail, e-mail and faxes. . The paradoxes in the library environment influence our ability to manage the local library as well as the ability to participate in effective resource sharing. Libraries need to establish methods of delivering information that are more effective for the individual library user and that take full advantage of the broader information environment. However, interlibrary loan is about to collapse under the incredible increases in demands and the lack of resources available to support that function. Thus the traditional process of ILL activity, on which resource sharing activities have been based, is ceasing to function effectively just as libraries become more dependent on its use.

The governing institutions of libraries have unrealistic expectations of resource sharing, particularly as they reduce financial support for library functions. Libraries will have to reevaluate their priorities and consider the implications of relying on ownership or access or the mix that is appropriate for a specific institution. This may well require the movement of cost centers, staff reallocation Noun 1. reallocation - a share that has been allocated again
allocation, allotment - a share set aside for a specific purpose

2. reallocation
, rearrangement re·ar·range  
tr.v. re·ar·ranged, re·ar·rang·ing, re·ar·rang·es
To change the arrangement of.

 of space, and the hiring of personnel with a wider variety of skills or more specialized skills.

In an electronic environment that increasingly relies on resource sharing, new elements are central to the provision of library services, collection decisions, and staffing needs. Libraries have participated in formal interlibrary in·ter·li·brar·y  
Existing or occurring between or involving two or more libraries: an interlibrary loan; an interlibrary network. 
 lending arrangements since the beginning of the century. "The library community has been struggling with how best to promote the acquisition, control and mobility of materials among libraries....This tri-partite framework for resource sharing has been developed in an attempt to enable people at every level of society to find the information they are seeking" (Dougherty & Hughes, 1990, p. 1). The recent developments in computer networks, bibliographic utilities, and digitized transmission of images has enhanced the capability of interlibrary lending programs. However, the rapidly increasing load on these traditional mechanisms with their labor-intensive checking and verification and the increasing demands for materials not available at the local library have stretched the capability of the library community to the breaking point. The availability of electronic bibliographic databases has exacerbated an already troublesome situation. The costs of interlibrary lending and borrowing, as a library function, are now so high that it has become a serious drain on local services and personnel and, in many cases, libraries have been forced to decrease other library services in support of resource sharing services or to institute higher charges for borrowing of their materials.

Many examples of resource sharing, emphasizing particularly the movement of materials and, in some cases, people, have shown the importance of such agreements. The University of California The University of California has a combined student body of more than 191,000 students, over 1,340,000 living alumni, and a combined systemwide and campus endowment of just over $7.3 billion (8th largest in the United States).  system, with a shared catalog, Melvyl; a shared large purchase program; and shared regional storage facilities is one of the largest and most successful. The addition of bibliographic databases and commercial electronic journal archives to the university system also represents many of the programmatic pro·gram·mat·ic  
1. Of, relating to, or having a program.

2. Following an overall plan or schedule: a step-by-step, programmatic approach to problem solving.

 directions taken by other more recent consortial arrangements.

One of the largest multitype library networks is ILLINET ILLINET Illinois Library Network , linking public, academic, and some special libraries in a system that allows patrons to directly request specific monographic mon·o·graph  
A scholarly piece of writing of essay or book length on a specific, often limited subject.

tr.v. mon·o·graphed, mon·o·graph·ing, mon·o·graphs
To write a monograph on.
 titles to be delivered to their home library from any other participating library in the system. One of the most interesting results of this program is the net borrower status of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Early years: 1867-1880
The Morrill Act of 1862 granted each state in the United States a portion of land on which to establish a major public state university, one which could teach agriculture, mechanic arts, and military training, "without excluding other scientific
. As expected, the university is also one of the ma or lenders, but the large amount of borrowing done by its students and faculty is clearly indicative of the need for multiple copies of specific titles, the usefulness of the most unexpected collections, and the verification that all libraries may contribute to the scholarly process no matter what their collections hold.

The more recent development of OhioLINK is another example of the growing state and regional developments of shared networks. OhioLINK includes all the state-supported universities, municipal colleges and technical institutions, the State Library of Ohio, and a growing number of private colleges. It provides for patron-initiated circulation of monographs, and serial article delivery is presently being tested. Early circulation statistics reflect the circulation pattern of Illinois: the largest lender is also the largest borrower. More than twenty-five licensed databases were available through the network at the end of 1994. The system is also designed to provide collection management information not only by title and classification, but by types of users. Such information may provide some of the earliest analysis of use of materials by patrons in a decentralized de·cen·tral·ize  
v. de·cen·tral·ized, de·cen·tral·iz·ing, de·cen·tral·iz·es
1. To distribute the administrative functions or powers of (a central authority) among several local authorities.

There are many other examples of state or regional networks that have been in place for many years or are in planning or implementation phases. It seems likely that such developments will increase and overlap leading to a variety of complications in commitments to various consortia and to local users who benefit from the shared environment, but who may also find it frustrating frus·trate  
tr.v. frus·trat·ed, frus·trat·ing, frus·trates
a. To prevent from accomplishing a purpose or fulfilling a desire; thwart:
 when materials they desire are in use elsewhere in the state or region.

As libraries are expanding their resource-sharing activities in response to academic needs, the role and nature of higher education higher education

Study beyond the level of secondary education. Institutions of higher education include not only colleges and universities but also professional schools in such fields as law, theology, medicine, business, music, and art.
 is changing as the character of the national population shifts; as technology brings new requirements and opportunities to the educational, commercial, and social sectors of society; and as budgetary forces require "doing more with less." Rapid and efficient access to information has become an economic imperative, and technology is the driving force. Changes in the expectations of higher education, both within and outside of academia, are forcing rapid developments in both the content and form of the educational setting. Hayes (1986) has noted that a major development in the campus is that: "It's going to become a major communications center An agency charged with the responsibility for handling and controlling communications traffic. The center normally includes message center, transmitting, and receiving facilities. Also called COMCEN. See also telecommunications center. . That's where the real revolution is occurring-communications and information" (p. 71).

Increasing costs of information, rapid increases in publishing of interest to academia, and stagnating budgets of institutions of higher education have made it glaringly glar·ing  
1. Shining intensely and blindingly: the glaring noonday sun.

2. Tastelessly showy or bright; garish.

 obvious that no library can provide all the resources required by its users (Graves & Wulff, 1990, p. 53). In 1979, Scholarly Communication: The Report of the National Inquiry reported,

it is clear that research libraries can no longer function as autonomous entities, each striving for self-sufficiency. That goal, never realistic even in the years of rapidly expanding budgets, will slip further out of reach as each year passes. New forms of resource sharing, the development of national collections accessible to all research libraries, and the linking of libraries through computerized bibliographic networks into a national system are essential steps that must be taken if libraries are to meet their responsibilities to provide all users with reliable access to the research literature. (p. 151)

Performance expectations have increased at all levels of higher education: faculty are expected to publish, students are regularly expected to write papers or complete projects that rely on the scholarly record, and the purchasing power Purchasing Power

1. The value of a currency expressed in terms of the amount of goods or services that one unit of money can buy. Purchasing power is important because, all else being equal, inflation decreases the amount of goods or services you'd be able to purchase.

 of library budgets has been drastically curtailed. The research library is not the only victim in this development. Libraries serving liberal arts liberal arts, term originally used to designate the arts or studies suited to freemen. It was applied in the Middle Ages to seven branches of learning, the trivium of grammar, logic, and rhetoric, and the quadrivium of arithmetic, geometry, astronomy, and music.  and community colleges and technical institutions are caught in the same spirals of rising expectations and decreasing resources. These conditions have an increased reliance on resource sharing through interlibrary loan, direct borrowing arrangements for faculty and students, and other delivery mechanisms. Interlibrary loan and resource sharing are no longer adjunct sources of information but have become integral components of primary library services.

The economic consequences of continuing to do business as usual are dire at best. Greatly increased costs of journals and monographs in all disciplines, proliferation proliferation /pro·lif·er·a·tion/ (pro-lif?er-a´shun) the reproduction or multiplication of similar forms, especially of cells.prolif´erativeprolif´erous

 of electronic formats that faculty and students demand, and disintegrating historical collections all contribute to the need to develop new methods and models of providing information. VonWalde and Schiller (1993) have suggested that: "In the networked environment, access will become the primary function of the library. We will need to spend more money to support access and delivery of information" (p. 32). White (1994) has noted that, as opportunities for access to previously unknown resources become available, demands for those resources will increase, and that costs will, solely on this basis, undoubtedly increase (p. 8). Combining such demands for new resources with the price escalation es·ca·late  
v. es·ca·lat·ed, es·ca·lat·ing, es·ca·lates
To increase, enlarge, or intensify: escalated the hostilities in the Persian Gulf.

 of traditional formats, and the linking of pricing between paper and electronic formats of the same tide, libraries are clearly caught in an untenable situation both budgetarily and functionally. Libraries do not control costs, they simply respond to pricing and availability of resources produced by scholarly researchers and academic and commercial publishers (White, 1994, p. 7). The interactions of these external bodies govern the library's ability to respond to local needs as well as consortial agreements. Although recent years have seen an increase in the dialogue among scholars, librarians, and publishers, the economic reward system of academia and the profit motive of publishers still control the information pipeline.

The economic pressures of materials costs and the decreasing resources available for staff and other support now threaten a basic tenet TENET. Which he holds. There are two ways of stating the tenure in an action of waste. The averment is either in the tenet and the tenuit; it has a reference to the time of the waste done, and not to the time of bringing the action.
 of American library service. As Battin (1990) has cautioned: "The financial pressures arising from a steadily expanding commercialization of the scholarly publishing process, swollen by the expanding production of knowledge and a proliferation of new storage and dissemination dissemination Medtalk The spread of a pernicious process–eg, CA, acute infection Oncology Metastasis, see there  technologies, pose a persistent and disquieting dis·qui·et  
tr.v. dis·qui·et·ed, dis·qui·et·ing, dis·qui·ets
To deprive of peace or rest; trouble.

Absence of peace or rest; anxiety.

adj. Archaic
Uneasy; restless.
 threat to the distinctive sine qua non [Latin, Without which not.] A description of a requisite or condition that is indispensable.

In the law of torts, a causal connection exists between a particular act and an injury when the injury would not have arisen but
 of the university - the commitment to broad and equitable access to information regardless of the ability to pay" (p. 2). In addition, the increasing costs of the lending and borrowing process itself has caused many institutions to increase their lending charges, thereby limiting access to the "shared sckolarly record" and imposing more costs on the "have not" institutions and their constituencies. Miller (1992) has described the "warm fuzzy fuzz·y  
adj. fuzz·i·er, fuzz·i·est
1. Covered with fuzz.

2. Of or resembling fuzz.

3. Not clear; indistinct: a fuzzy recollection of past events.


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  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (flagship campus)
  • University of Illinois at Chicago
  • University of Illinois at Springfield
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 of helping others and questioned how much it is worth when the "`have' library" has to "divert significant resources from local service to serving others" (p. 11). It seems clear that only those resource-sharing agreements from which all parties gain can be maintained in the future. In such arrangements, the independent scholar An independent scholar is anyone who works outside traditional academia in the pursuit of truth and knowledge. The status of independent scholar is often an amateur rather than a professional although this is not always a matter of choice.  may become even more isolated as institutional bonds focus not only on the sharing of resources but their licensed acquisition and provision as well.

Complicating com·pli·cate  
tr. & intr.v. com·pli·cat·ed, com·pli·cat·ing, com·pli·cates
1. To make or become complex or perplexing.

2. To twist or become twisted together.

 the situation is the role of technology. The costs of rapidly changing technology and the implications of network access to a variety of resources both enriches and costs the library and its university. While technology costs, per se, have dropped significantly, reliance on access implies the need for greater numbers of both staff and public workstations with increased capacities for both the access and manipulation of information. Technology and access to resources of many kinds implicitly governs the priorities of many libraries.

Technology, as Miller (1992) has noted, is an enabling factor but should not be the determining component in the identification and sharing of information resources. In fact, it often governs the process to the exclusion of other concerns (p. 14). Local networks and protocols, regional access to the network backbone, and institutional policies and priorities may govern not only the library's capabilities, but the local scholar's capability to access specific resources. The delivery of information via fax or other electronic means is also limited by local technological capabilities. Standards exist and continue to be developed, but the variation in local network infrastructure continues to be a limiting factor A factor or condition that, either temporarily or permanently, impedes mission accomplishment. Illustrative examples are transportation network deficiencies, lack of in-place facilities, malpositioned forces or materiel, extreme climatic conditions, distance, transit or overflight rights,  in providing broadbased access to, and delivery of, information.

Among the most interesting resource-sharing programs that technology has assisted are those that share subject expertise and sites for the collection and dispersal dis·per·sal  
The act or process of dispersing or the condition of being dispersed; distribution.

Noun 1. dispersal
 of information. The CRL CRL - Carnegie Representation Language.

Carnegie Group, Inc. Frame language derived from SRL. Written in Common LISP. Used in the product Knowledge Craft.
 project to digitize To convert an image or signal into digital code by scanning, tracing on a graphics tablet or using an analog to digital conversion device. 3D objects can be digitized by a device with a mechanical arm that is moved onto all the corners.  Brazilian documents and the Ohio State University Libraries East Asian Libraries Cooperative World Wide Web Text Server project, begun with a variety of funding assistance at Ohio State, are excellent examples of the sharing of information, technology, and subject expertise.

Technology also imposes limits on how resources may be accessed and delivered based on the format in which the information is provided, the hardware platform on which the resource is located, and the way in which the receiving workstation may acquire and display the information. Gopher has been the dominant mechanism used for the past few years, but it is being replaced by World Wide Web servers and Mosaic, which provide a graphic capability not previously available to many users. Mosaic, however, requires a workstation of considerable power to efficiently access and process the information acquired. Display capabilities, transmission rates, image resolution, and the ability of the local network to move the data efficiently are important in providing print equivalent clarity. Libraries, with commercial information providers, must be very aware of the need to provide useful and effective methods of access and delivery that can be available to the broadest array of users. Ideally, libraries should also cooperatively seek to develop expert systems that take on some of the qualities of the reference interview in aiding users to navigate not only the electronic resources available to them but also those tools that remain in traditional print or media format.

The administrators of many institutions have begun to view resource sharing as a means by which to provide access to information and save money on library expenses. While this may have some limited validity, it is imperative that administrators of both the university and the library understand the implications and costs of resource sharing. It is not free and it does not absolve ab·solve  
tr.v. ab·solved, ab·solv·ing, ab·solves
1. To pronounce clear of guilt or blame.

2. To relieve of a requirement or obligation.

a. To grant a remission of sin to.
 the local institution from supporting its own programs from an appropriately developed collection. It does provide additional resources that could not normally be acquired, but it also requires that each participant give something to the consortia in terms of materials and expertise.

Traditional interlibrary loan has specific activities that, in an effort to save patron and library time, have become heavily labor intensive Labor Intensive

A process or industry that requires large amounts of human effort to produce goods.

A good example is the hospitality industry (hotels, restaurants, etc), they are considered to be very people-oriented.
See also: Capital Intensive, Trading Dollars
. Each step may involve countless iterations as circumstances and conditions change. However, with the proliferation of publishing, the limitations of local budgets, and the need for rapid delivery to meet user expectations, it is time to develop new methods using the new technology available and the movement of much of the current responsibility of ILL to the patron and to other segments of the library.

In order to make resource sharing work, it is necessary to create an environment that maximizes access to local collections to enhance local use and to provide efficient indexing for those remote users who identify needed resources via Internet catalogs. Such an environment provides full retrospective cataloging of print and media collections and brings the established indexing methods of libraries to the resources available through electronic gateways, servers, and commercial sources. It provides better communication within the library and between the library and both the local and the remote user.

In order to take advantage of the efficiencies of automation, it is important that institutions that have traditionally shared programs, research initiatives, and other activities expand those traditions to encompass cooperative or shared networks. These networks, based on common needs and specific protocols and agreements, should allow for unmediated Adj. 1. unmediated - having no intervening persons, agents, conditions; "in direct sunlight"; "in direct contact with the voters"; "direct exposure to the disease"; "a direct link"; "the direct cause of the accident"; "direct vote"
 borrowing by authorized users authorized user Radiation physics A person who, having satisfied the applicable training and experience requirements, is granted authority to order radioactive material and accepts responsibility for its safe receipt, storage, use, transfer and disposal . This would allow the primary needs of the user to be subsumed under the circulation function of the participating libraries rather than through the labor-intensive interlibrary loan process. It places the burden of identification and selection in the hands of the user. By sharing a common borrower database or by allowing interlibrary access to such databases, much of the verification and location labor involved in the ILL process can be decreased.

The current Virtual Electronic Library project of the Committee for Institutional Cooperation libraries seeks to begin this process across the thirteen member institutions using a Z39.50 common interface that will act like the local interface for the user, but it will cross multiple catalog platforms. While unmediated borrowing is not yet part of the program, it is certainly one of the advantages that could develop out of this project. In addition, the member libraries have long-standing resource sharing agreements that are now being enhanced through specific cooperative collection development programs.

Electronic resources have a variety of complexities that far outstrip out·strip  
tr.v. out·stripped, out·strip·ping, out·strips
1. To leave behind; outrun.

2. To exceed or surpass: "Material development outstripped human development" 
 those of traditional printed materials. Servers are springing out of the woodwork woodwork: see carpentry; furniture; intarsia; marquetry; veneer; wood carving.  in libraries far and wide. While they allow for specifically tailored resource development and direction, they also have a multiplicity mul·ti·plic·i·ty  
n. pl. mul·ti·plic·i·ties
1. The state of being various or manifold: the multiplicity of architectural styles on that street.

 of delivery problems. The first and most important is the nature of the electronic text. A printed work is fixed and, even though later printings may change, it is comparatively easy to identify the variant editions. In the electronic world, the changes made to a text can be essentially endless and untraceable. There are no established standards for noting modifications made to a text, and such changes are not limited to authorized au·thor·ize  
tr.v. au·thor·ized, au·thor·iz·ing, au·thor·iz·es
1. To grant authority or power to.

2. To give permission for; sanction:
 editors, authors, or others who are usually responsible for the content of a work. Anyone who wishes to collect and mount texts on a server can do so, and the text can be infinitely varied. The role of the library in the fixing of electronic texts and the retention of their variations is only beginning to be considered in the new electronic world. This may be the single most important issue facing libraries in the acquisition, retention, and preservation of the scholarly record in all its variations and variable formats.

The contribution of commercial providers of information, particularly faxed or scanned images of journal articles with subsequent delivery to the scholar's workstation, is already having a major impact on both services and collections. As more materials become digitized and, in many cases, available only in electronic form, the nature of the historical data available for long-term access and use may be radically altered. It is imperative that libraries begin to address their role in future information retention and preservation. The massive cancellation projects carried out by libraries as journal prices have spiraled out of control during the past decade have led to reliance on these commercial providers and have enabled libraries to make decisions based on use intensity rather than on the nature of the use of specific journal titles. The danger in relying on commercial providers, however, comes over time. To what extent can libraries and their users rely on the provision of images or digitized forms of information, and to what extent will these "backfiles" be maintained? Can we depend on them for twenty or thirty or more years of access? The same issue is true in CD-ROM bibliographic databases. To what extent can we be format dependent when the access to the information may shift radically every few years? Many of these sources are available only for lease, and the library thus retains no backfiles when the title is cancelled. This is a strategic limitation in providing access to the historical record.

As budgets become tighter still, libraries are again debating the issue of who bears the cost of access to information. Clearly, the local collection remains available at no cost to its users. But access to externally maintained resources becomes another matter. Does the library, and the institution, look to the efficiencies of electronic delivery as a means to increase productivity of students and faculty or as a way to support a cost recovery program? Does it use access fees to provide even more library services and materials or as a way to mitigate costs? And how does the scholarly process address the issue of equal access to information for all, no matter the income or economic resources of the user? To some extent, the academic library can limit its "free" access to its primary users; however, depository- , state- , or other government-supported libraries may not be able to limit access in such ways. If pricing becomes governed solely by time or frequency of use, then equal access may no longer be a viable approach to information. It is surely an issue of great importance in the democratic tradition of American librarianship.

Should all these developments in the provision of information directly to the user come to pass, then what happens to interlibrary loan? ILL needs to be able to concentrate on locating those resources that cannot be identified in any reasonable way through electronic networks; to acquiring those special and important items that may make or break a dissertation; and those items that lead to significant developments in scholarly insights. ILL is still an important function and will remain so as long as the object itself is required for scholarly study. It may become obsolete in a generation, as predicted by Ra (1990), but as long as printed works remain necessary to scholarly or personal study, then ILL will have a role in library services (p. 149). It would be nice to allow it to return to the function for which it was designed and get ILL out of the long-distance circulation business.

In order for this to happen, resource-sharing agreements must be developed in both broad and specific contexts and be accepted and supported by all those who participate in, or whose collections are affected by, them. Institutions and their libraries must see each other as partners and not as competitors. It is particularly difficult when institutions have similar or related programs and see themselves as competing for the same faculty, students, and grants, but such programs are not always the same, and cooperative efforts can begin to expand the resources available within the consortium for such programs.

For effective resource sharing, not just opportunistic opportunistic /op·por·tu·nis·tic/ (op?er-tldbomacn-is´tik)
1. denoting a microorganism which does not ordinarily cause disease but becomes pathogenic under certain circumstances.

 title by title borrowing, the participants in such a cooperative program The Cooperative Program is a unified funds collection program of the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) designed to support SBC seminaries, mission agencies and denominational ministries.  must be able to rely on each other for the stated aims of the program, have regular and effective communication methods, and have the support of the library administration and teaching faculty in each subject area. The institution and the library must maintain the primary collection for their local needs no matter what riches are available to them through resource sharing. The one flaw in all resource sharing assumptions by administrators is the expectation that they will save money. They won't. If there is no collection, you cannot share it. And the aim of resource sharing is to enhance the wealth of the national collection and thereby support and expand the scholarly record for local users.

Technology has become an impetus to the cooperative process and certainly provides new and enhanced means of sharing information resources. The collection may be in a variety of formats and in fact may become almost entirely electronic. However, the collection is still the heart of the matter, and if there is no collection there is nothing to share. And while all these technological marvels are taking place, libraries will still be checking out best sellers and arcane tomes. We will still be giving directions to the drinking fountain and locating the latest information on epigraphical squeezes. Our responsibilities have not disappeared, and they have not decreased. Rather, the need to own and to access information requires selectors to consider the ever-narrowing boundary between immediate local ownership and needs that can be filled by remote "ownership."

As means of access improve and broaden, library users will care less about where an item was obtained and more about the speed of delivery, whether from a remote storage facility or a library in the next state. Osborne (1990) has postulated pos·tu·late  
tr.v. pos·tu·lat·ed, pos·tu·lat·ing, pos·tu·lates
1. To make claim for; demand.

2. To assume or assert the truth, reality, or necessity of, especially as a basis of an argument.

 "an evolving kind of collection management wherein where·in  
In what way; how: Wherein have we sinned?

1. In which location; where: the country wherein those people live.

 the fundamental considerations are global accessibility, rather than local ownership, and the generic book, rather than the paper codex codex

Manuscript book, especially of Scripture, early literature, or ancient mythological or historical annals. The earliest type of manuscript in the form of a modern book (i.e.
; wherein scholarly communication, rather than librarianship, is our business, and the distinctions between information and knowledge have a new importance" (p. 30).

As many library administrators have noted, libraries are what we can measure. In the new world of information communities and methodologies, it is imperative that we find new and creative ways to define and measure our "collections," for they no longer live in our local buildings or on our local computers. Our new collections live across the state, the nation, and the world. The challenge is to develop organizational models that allow us to bring these far-flung collections to our users and to provide mechanisms that enhance their abilities to find the information resources they need, whether it is satellite weather data, a study of Cistercian monasteries, or the latest mystery by Sara Paretsky Sara Paretsky (b. June 8, 1947 in Ames, Iowa) is a contemporary American author of detective fiction. Paretsky was raised in Kansas. She graduated from the University of Kansas with a degree in political science. .


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n. pl. fest·schrif·ten or fest·schrifts
A volume of learned articles or essays by colleagues and admirers, serving as a tribute or memorial especially to a scholar.
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