Moving from Print to Electronic in Academic Libraries — A Timely Consideration
Institutional libraries have always been dedicated to making research and learning easier for faculty and students. Today’s watchwords for libraries are efficiency, discovery and access. Now, to accommodate changing scholarly habits, as well as new roles for the physical library space itself, librarians are exploring — or already undertaking — the transition from print resources to electronic.
Kari-Mette Walmann Hidle
Associate Professor, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Agder, Kristiansand, Norway
Kari-Mette researches questions of plurality and unity and their ethical consequences in legislative processes and professional practices, and lectures in the vocational studies.
Hilde T. Drivenes Johannessen
Head of Section for Teaching and Research Services, University of Agder Library, Kristiansand, Norway
Hilde's work is concentrated on library instruction, research support and knowledge management.
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A Climate of Demand: The shift from traditional print collections to the emergence of e-books and demand-driven acquisitions
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