Shared Collection Development, Digitization, and Owned Digital Collections

From the abstract for Michelle M. Wu, Shared Collection Development, Digitization, and Owned Digital Collections (Feb. 14, 2019):

While library models already exist for sharing physical materials and joint licensing, this paper envisions an aspect of future collections involving a national digital collection owned, not licensed, by libraries. Collaborative collection development, digitization, and digital object management of owned collections can benefit societies in multiple ways, from expanding access to users otherwise unable to reach these materials, to preserving content even when disaster strikes, to reducing duplication of effort and expense in collection or digitization. This article will explore both the benefits of and the challenges to this type of collaboration.

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