Openness, resource sharing and digitalization - an examination of the current trends in Finland
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CitationSaarti, Jarmo. Tuominen, Kimmo. (2020). Openness, resource sharing and digitalization - an examination of the current trends in Finland. Information discovery and delivery, [Epub ahead of print 20 July 2020], 10.1108/IDD-01-2020-0006.
Although resource sharing between scholars is evolving rapidly, This paper uses paper-based interlibrary lending (ILL) procedures in the service repertoire of academic libraries. However, the current business model of acquiring toll-access journals and e-books does not seem to fit very well with traditional ILL practices. In addition, the new models of peer-to-peer resource sharing between academics seem to be much more effective than ILL. Scholars arrange access to the needed publications by using legal (buying, exchanging) and illegal means (Sci-Hub, etc.). Furthermore, the demands for open access have increased, voiced not only by librarians and science funders but also by politicians. This development might change the scholarly publication ecosystem, even though older publications are still likely to remain closed.
This paper contrasts the ILL and usage statistics of Finnish university libraries with the use of ResearchGate, a popular academic social network, which we treat as an example of a peer-to-peer sharing service.
Based on the data, there seems to be a change of paradigm in the resource sharing: the traditional ILL seems to be decreasing and becoming more like a niche service and the digital use and use of social media peer-to-peer resource sharing applications seem to increase rapidly.
The paper examines current resource sharing trends. The analysis is based on the data of Finnish resource sharing, interlibrary lending and ResearchGate usage.
SubjectsFinland resource sharing interlibrary lending university libraries digitalization
Link to the original itemhttp://dx.doi.org/10.1108/IDD-01-2020-0006
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