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pub100. Building and Sustaining Digital Collections: Models for Libraries and Museums

(8/01, 29 pp.) $15
ISBN 1-887334-85-8

In February 2001, the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) and the National Initiative for a Networked Cultural Heritage (NINCH) convened a meeting to discuss how museums and libraries are building digital collections and what business models are available to sustain them. A group of museum and library senior executives met with business and legal experts, technologists, and funders to discuss the challenges that cultural institutions face when putting collections online and to identify models for sustainability that support the core missions without contravening the internal cultures of nonprofit entities.

Using examples of six enterprises—JSTOR, HighWire Press, The International Center for Photography and George Eastman House, Questia Media, Inc., Art Museum Network, and Fathom—the report illustrates the differing approaches being used to extend the reach of collections and services online.

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