Out of the stack and into the Net: international perspectives on academic reference resources

Austen, Gaynor M. & Young, Carolyn D. (2005) Out of the stack and into the Net: international perspectives on academic reference resources. The Reference Librarian, 44(91/92), pp. 23-38.


The transition of academic library reference resources from print to electronic format has been characterised by a growing level of strategic decision making by librarians, as mediated searches were replaced by end user CD-ROM formats, only to be superseded by online user access. The experience of Australian university libraries, which were early adopters of these changes, is outlined. Particular factors which impacted on this transition in other English speaking countries (the United Kingdom, United States, Canada and South Africa) are also described. The formation of purchasing consortia has been crucial in all countries in facilitating this transformation of reference collections.

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ID Code: 32
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: Electronic resources, Library consortia, HERN, Reference collections
ISSN: 1541-1117
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > INFORMATION AND COMPUTING SCIENCES (080000) > LIBRARY AND INFORMATION STUDIES (080700)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Division of Technology, Information and Library Services
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2005 Haworth Press
Copyright Statement: Reproduced in accordance with the publisher's policy.
Deposited On: 25 Dec 2005 00:00
Last Modified: 24 Feb 2015 06:04

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