Open supply? On the future of document supply in the world of open science

Joachim Schöpfel (University of Lille 3, Villeneuve d’Ascq Cedex, France)

Interlending & Document Supply

ISSN: 0264-1615

Publication date: 21 November 2016

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to propose a personal viewpoint on the development of document supply in the context of the recent European Union (EU) decisions on open science.

Design/methodology/approach

The paper provides some elements to the usual questions of service development, about business, customers, added value, environment and objectives.

Findings

The EU goal for open science is 100 per cent available research results in 2020. To meet the challenge, document supply must change, include more and other content, serve different targets groups, apply innovative technology and provide knowledge. If not, document supply will become a marginalized library service.

Originality/value

Basically, open science is not library-friendly, and it does not offer a solution for the actual problems of document supply. But it may provide an opportunity for document supply to become a modern service able to deal with new forms of unequal access and digital divide.

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Citation

Schöpfel, J. (2016), "Open supply? On the future of document supply in the world of open science", Interlending & Document Supply, Vol. 44 No. 4, pp. 150-154. https://doi.org/10.1108/ILDS-07-2016-0025

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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