VALA2000 Session 4 Barry

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Document delivery – an idea whose time has gone?

VALA 2000 CONCURRENT SESSION 4: Document Delivery
Wednesday 16 February 2000, 15:10 – 15:40

Tony Barry

Library Affiliate, Australian National University Library

VALA Peer Reviewed Paper

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With the advent of new ILL and document delivery technologies it might seem that finally libraries are bringing their practices in this area into a successful focus. Networked and automated solutions to a long term controversial but cooperative activity are at hand. But we are also seeing the rise of technologies which may bypass and marginalise libraries. Some are –

  • Preprint/reprint servers
  • Self publishing by authors
  • The threat of end use access to article level databases by end users linked to micro payments

What role do libraries have as direct end user access grows? The paper explores these ideas. The paper will explore how libraries could cope with these developments.