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Comparing Library Resource Allocations for the Paper and the Digital Library (10 Dec 2003)
The findings of this study indicate an agreement among the participating librarians that labor, aggregate space requirements, and material resources are estimated to be less in an all-digital library than in a paper library. Although the results suggest that aggregate equipment use in a digital library will be less than for a paper library, the greater range between maximum and minimum suggests an uncertainty among participants in equipment requirements in an all-digital library. The participants also expressed uncertainty and concern about the possibility of higher salaries needed to hire and retain a more knowledgeable and skilled level of staff to effectively manage an all-digital library. There is also an expressed concern for managing the costs of maintaining both the digital and paper library simultaneously, which seems to be the current scenario.
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