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Subject Area: Library and Information Studies
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|Title:||The Espresso Book Machine: a change agent for libraries|
|Author(s):||Kenning Arlitsch, (J. Willard Marriott Library, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah, USA)|
|Citation:||Kenning Arlitsch, (2011) "The Espresso Book Machine: a change agent for libraries", Library Hi Tech, Vol. 29 Iss: 1, pp.62 - 72|
|Keywords:||Collections management, Digital libraries|
|Article type:||Technical paper|
|DOI:||10.1108/07378831111116903 (Permanent URL)|
|Publisher:||Emerald Group Publishing Limited|
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Originality/value – This is an original article that draws on other published and unpublished research and opinion articles.
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