LIBNET: A Case Study in Information Ownership and Tariff Incentives in a Collaborative Library Database

LIBNET: A Case Study in Information Ownership and Tariff Incentives in a Collaborative Library Database

A. S.C. Hooper (Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand)
Copyright: © 2006 |Pages: 25
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59904-399-9.ch001
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Abstract

In any cooperative database the participants contribute their data for their own as well as the benefit of the other members, usually with incentives from the database administrators. A South African library network company (LIBNET) provided a networked service to participating libraries. Member benefits included conversion of their catalogues into machine-readable form, significantly reduced costs through cooperative cataloguing and more efficient interlibrary loans through a union catalogue of the holdings of the participant libraries. This case study explores some of the issues In any cooperative database the participants contribute their data for their own as well as the benefit of the other members, usually with incentives from the database administrators. A South African library network company (LIBNET) provided a networked service to participating libraries. Member benefits included conversion of their catalogues into machine-readable form, significantly reduced costs through cooperative cataloguing and more efficient interlibrary loans through a union catalogue of the holdings of the participant libraries. This case study explores some of the issues.

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