Oh the possibilities: eBook lending and Interlibrary Loan

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Electronic books in the academic library have seen a surge of collection development in recent years. The ebook format offers adaptable information resources for otherwise costly book purchases which receive yearly edition updates. Electronic books also offer the academic library the opportunity to collect many books they otherwise would be unable to access. While the benefits of electronic books to the individual library are too numerous to cover in this paper, there is a glaring disadvantage of ebooks. Technological constraints do not allow for traditional interlibrary loan. The model of providing content in electronic book format threatens one of the oldest traditions in libraries: the tradition of sharing. Now libraries must take it upon themselves to create technologies that support their tradition of sharing while accounting for the uniqueness of ebooks. We hope to motivate libraries to begin discussion and brainstorming about how libraries can honor the tradition of interlibrar
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)Unknown
JournalJournal of Interlending and Document Supply
StatePublished - Sep 2013


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