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From: Discussion of Library Reference Issues
[mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Pedrick, Andrew CIV
Sent: Monday, April 17, 2006 4:58 PM
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Subject: Re: [LIBREF-L] Going Virtual

A couple years ago the NASA Headquarters Library was directed to
consider doing this.   We worked with vendors to try to get the best
deals, but found that:

-Most of the books in the collection were not available in digital
collections because they were government publications, scientific &
-technical, or were out-of-print (yet still frequently used). 
-Agency management was oblivious of the copyright cost of scanning the
-The books that were online cost more than print editions and would
likely have to be repurchased every few years as the technology changes
(just as the book-on-tape collection was being replaced by book-on-cd).
-Many of the journals were not online, including some of those most
important to the patrons.
-Those journals that were online, were not complete online.
-The cost of purchasing the journals online for 1000 users greatly
exceeded the cost saved from reducing space and staffing.
-The cost of purchasing databases for 1000 users was also several times
the current budget.
Andrew Pedrick

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From: Discussion of Library Reference Issues
[mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of King, Hannah
Sent: Thursday, April 13, 2006 12:16 PM
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Subject: [LIBREF-L] Going Virtual

Anyone aware of any library that has given up all its print publications
and gone completely virtual?  This would include having only online
subscriptions (free or not) and access to only online or digitized book 

I am aware of the Homeland Security Library and the University of
Phoenix, but they were designed to be digital from their conception. 
I am trying to find contacts in libraries who once had print
but are now totally virtual.  This will be the fate of the Energy
in a couple of months.

Hannah M. King 
Ref. & I.L.L. Lending Librarian
US DOE Energy Library
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Mail Stop: MA-421, Rm. GA-138
1000 Independence Ave., S.W.
Washington, D.C. 20585

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From: FEDLIB: Federal Librarians Discussion List [mailto:[log in to unmask]]
On Behalf Of Dorothy Biggs
Sent: Thursday, May 11, 2006 4:06 PM
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Subject: Re: Print v. Digital

Please share any responses with the List; this is a topic we EPA
Librarians are all interested in knowing more about!

Dorothy (Dotty) Biggs
USEPA/OCEFT/NEIC Information Services
POB 25227
Building 25, Door E2, DFC
Denver, CO  80225-0227
303-462-9075 (fax)
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Can I get copy too?

Freda McDonald
Financial Manager
US Sentencing Commission

202-502-4517 (voice)
202-502-4699 (fax)

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If anyone has done a study of converting all or part of the library's
collection from print to digital, or has actually done so independent of
a study, please let me know.  Thanks.

Daniel May

Supervisory Librarian

Commodity Futures Trading Commission

1155 21st Street, NW

Washington, DC 20581

(202) 418-5254