Ebooks and the demise of interlibrary loans

Wayne Bivens-Tatum, librarian at Princeton University, has published an article on Library Journal regarding interlibrary loan licensing restrictions for ebooks. He argues that:

“Libraries that progress towards an all-ebook future without solving these problems risk destroying the ILL arrangements that benefit all of our users… I’ve seen it argued that librarians are responsible for purchasing resources for their own users, and they can’t be concerned with the users at other institutions. That’s a shortsighted view that ignores the fact that schemes of cooperation like ILL are necessary for everyone, and that contributing to its demise will harm everyone’s users, including your own”.

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