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Public Library Use Of Free E-Resources, Heather Hill, Jenny Bossaller Jan 2012

Public Library Use Of Free E-Resources, Heather Hill, Jenny Bossaller

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This article describes a multi-method research project examining the use of various freely available online collections and projects, such as Project Gutenberg, the Internet Archive, and Creative Commons-licensed ebooks, by public libraries. This research begins with the questions: what are libraries doing with freely available materials? Are there barriers to incorporating them into the collection? What role are librarians playing in expanding access and awareness of these resources?