Integrating digital document acquisition into a university library : A case study of social and organizational challenges

Hahsler, Michael Integrating digital document acquisition into a university library : A case study of social and organizational challenges., 2003 [Preprint]


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In this article we report on the effort of the university library of the Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration to integrate a digital library component for research documents authored at the university into the existing library infrastructure. Setting up a digital library has become a relatively easy task using the current data base technology and the components and tools freely available. However, to integrate such a digital library into existing library systems and to adapt existing document acquisition work-flows in the organization are non-trivial tasks. We use a research frame work to identify the key players in this change process and to analyze their incentive structures. Then we describe the light-weight integration approach employed by our university and show how it provides incentives to the key players and at the same time requires only minimal adaptation of the organization in terms of changing existing work-flows. Our experience suggests that this light-weight integration offers a cost efficient and low risk intermediate step towards switching to exclusive digital document acquisition.

Item type: Preprint
Keywords: Digital Library, Integration, Document Acquisition Workflows
Subjects: D. Libraries as physical collections. > DD. Academic libraries.
H. Information sources, supports, channels. > HS. Repositories.
Depositing user: Michaela Putz
Date deposited: 14 Jul 2005
Last modified: 02 Oct 2014 12:01


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