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Between a Rock and a Hard Place: Managing Government Document Collections in a Digital World

TitleBetween a Rock and a Hard Place: Managing Government Document Collections in a Digital World
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2012
AuthorsSowell, SL, Boock, MH, Landis, LA, Nutefall, JE
JournalCollection Management
Volume37
Issue2
Pagination98–109
Date Publishedapr
Type of ArticleArticle
ISSN01462679
Keywordscollection management, cost analysis, Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP), government documents, return on investment
AbstractAn Oregon State University Libraries ({OSUL)} study group's review of its current policies, practices, and costs provides an illustrative case study of the challenges in managing government documents during this period of transition from print to digital. In its exploration of more aggressive approaches to greatly increasing access to electronic collections and reducing the size of the print footprint, {OSUL} learned that the current requirements of the Federal Depository Library Program ({FDLP)} hamper such efforts. This case study provides background on prior internal studies, {OSUL's} participation in a shared housing agreement, statistics on size and current usage of its government documents, and the costs to receive, process, and provide access to its document collection. It concludes with the recommendations for {OSUL} to be as proactive as it can be under the current {FDLP} rules and regulations while bringing projected costs to manage government documents more in line with higher priorities. [{ABSTRACT} {FROM} {PUBLISHER]}
URLhttp://hdl.handle.net/1957/28809
DOI10.1080/01462679.2012.656554