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Collection coherence and digital abundance: enhancing the effectiveness of document supply

Paul Genoni (Paul Genoni has been lecturing in library and information studies at Curtin University of Technology, Perth, Australia since 1993. He was previously Law Librarian at the University of Western Australia)
Margaret Jones (Margaret Jones is currently Director of Library Services at Murdoch University, Murdoch, Australia)

Interlending & Document Supply

ISSN: 0264-1615

Article publication date: 1 June 2004



This article commences with an overview of the changes to library cooperative activity and how these might affect document supply operations. It looks at the increasing emphasis on using ICTs to locate and transfer items, and the corresponding reduction in the importance of ownership and collections. It suggests this is eroding the previous belief in collection coherence and leading to a reduction in efforts to build collections cooperatively between libraries. It argues that libraries have now entered the era of the ‘post‐modern’ collection, and suggests the impact this might have on document supply activity, particularly between consortium members. It concludes with a study of the consortium activities of one academic library, at Murdoch University in Western Australia, in order to illustrate these points.



Genoni, P. and Jones, M. (2004), "Collection coherence and digital abundance: enhancing the effectiveness of document supply", Interlending & Document Supply, Vol. 32 No. 2, pp. 109-116.



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