Abstract - The Information Society 5(1)

Knowledge Access in the Academic Library

Carla J Stoffle

Technological change will be involved in many aspects of information access in the next century. Few libraries now can afford to sustain the breadth and depth of their collection necessary for future scholarship, due to the increase in the amount of material available and to the exorbitant pricing practices of some publishers. In order to cope with this problem, it will be necessary for libraries to share resources. Another concern is the restriction of access to information imposed by fees. Fees limit access to only those persons willing or able to pay for it. Libraries will continue their role as controllers of information by: 1. storing works in electronic form, 2. engaging in electronic publishing, and 3. managing files by computer.

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