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The Espresso Book Machine: a change agent for libraries

The Espresso Book Machine: a change agent for libraries Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to examine the disruptive implications of the Espresso Book Machine on library user services, collection development, and special collections. Design/methodology/approach – The approach takes into account various published articles and online statements to help articulate and support the arguments. Findings – Library users can derive immediate benefit from a machine that prints books for them in only a few minutes. The EBM's impact on collection development in libraries may change a decades‐old model of speculative buying to one of buying on demand. The EBM can also help libraries bring high‐quality facsimiles of their unique special collections books to the public, and perhaps even generate a revenue stream that might offset costs. Originality/value – This is an original article that draws on other published and unpublished research and opinion articles. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Library Hi Tech Emerald Publishing

The Espresso Book Machine: a change agent for libraries

Library Hi Tech , Volume 29 (1): 11 – Mar 8, 2011

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Publisher
Emerald Publishing
Copyright
Copyright © 2011 Emerald Group Publishing Limited. All rights reserved.
ISSN
0737-8831
DOI
10.1108/07378831111116903
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Abstract

Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to examine the disruptive implications of the Espresso Book Machine on library user services, collection development, and special collections. Design/methodology/approach – The approach takes into account various published articles and online statements to help articulate and support the arguments. Findings – Library users can derive immediate benefit from a machine that prints books for them in only a few minutes. The EBM's impact on collection development in libraries may change a decades‐old model of speculative buying to one of buying on demand. The EBM can also help libraries bring high‐quality facsimiles of their unique special collections books to the public, and perhaps even generate a revenue stream that might offset costs. Originality/value – This is an original article that draws on other published and unpublished research and opinion articles.

Journal

Library Hi TechEmerald Publishing

Published: Mar 8, 2011

Keywords: Collections management; Digital libraries

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