RLG Programs releases "Seeking Sustainability," a casual report on RLG's exploration of ways to make access to digitized special collections self-supporting

 
The report, which is available in PDF from the OCLC Web site, was prepared by RLG Program Officer Ricky Erway.

The report begins with an overview of RLG Cultural Materials and Trove.net (two services RLG offered prior to the RLG/OCLC combination) and discusses why they were curtailed.

The findings regarding sustainability are based on RLG’s experiences with subscription access, image licensing, and relevant advertising, as well as attempts at sponsorship and content licensing with other Web portals.

The report captures a moment in time, but should be of interest to anyone pondering the question of how to provide access to and sustain library, archive and museum resources.

This report is part of an ongoing series of papers from OCLC Programs and Research to promote evidence-based practices that are likely to have an impact on research institutions and the communities they serve.

More Information

Seeking Sustainability
www.oclc.org/research/publications/library/2008/2008-03.pdf (.pdf: 87K/15 pp.)

RLG Programs Books and Reports
www.oclc.org/research/publications/reports.htm

For more information:

Ricky Erway
Program Officer
OCLC Programs and Researchj
ricky_erway@oclc.org
+1-650-287-2125

Melissa Renspie
Senior Communications Officer
OCLC Programs and Research
melissa_renspie@oclc.org
+1-614-761-5231

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