Shooting ourselves in the foot? Again? -
I've started pestering people at Lyrasis and EBSCO about being able to lend from databases and ejournals - Sir Shuping is just sir
Our library is a net borrower, so I worry about this too. A lot. Especially when libraries talk about converting all their print subscriptions to digital. - Catherine Pellegrino
Just how does e-lending (digital lending?) work. I haven't "borrowed" and e-book yet, though I'm sure I will in the near future now that we have a Nook. Does the file just "self-destruct" on the due date. #confusedandold - MoTO Moca Blend
I'm feeling pretty doom-and-gloom about all this. I see no reason for electronic content providers to allow ILL and every reason for them to stonewall. I have been thinking a lot about what Tim Spalding says in the comments here, and I'm afraid he's right: "Publishers--and authors--have no incentive to give libraries the deal they had before. Instead, libraries are going to find themselves paying close to market value for every "rental" they facilitate. This will turn libraries from a magical engine of value creation into a thin subsidy layer between patrons and publishers." - Steele Lawman
But try and suggest that our own professional literature should be OA and see how far that gets you. :P - Steele Lawman
Barry, there are two kinds of lending: lending to you, and lending to other libraries. I'm primarily talking about lending to other libraries here, and I confess I have very little knowledge about how (or if) lending to an individual works. I imagine there's a timed self-destruct on those systems that allow such lending, but i think those systems are relatively rare. - lris
And, for that matter, ITAL is down to a six-month embargo (and has been Green OA for a long time, AFAIK). I tried to push full Gold OA. I've left LITA, so can do no more... - Walt Crawford
Thanks Iris. My local liberry loans eBooks. As I said, I haven't tried it yet. Carry on with all this high falutin' liberry talk and acronyms. I'll be over in the corner looking amazed. :) - MoTO Moca Blend
Yeah, sorry about the high falutin' and the acronyms, Barry. My Pegasus blog is definitely a "by a librarian, for librarians" kind of a blog, and feeding it here into a space with librarians and non-librarians can get kind of tricky sometimes. My Droplets blog isn't about libraries... but I post there so rarely these days. - lris
I was just thinking about that a few weeks ago when our ILL librarian brought up that little fact at a librarians' meeting. And this was in the context of more things going online (our library pretty much going on the all online bandwagon which, while some is economics, other is just "we want to be cool" thinking, but don't get me started. I don't agree with it, but then again, I am not one of the cool kids. I better quit now while I am ahead). - Angel R. Rivera