By Jennifer Howard:
James R. Mouw (University of Chicago Library):
First, if there are going to be print and digital versions, they should be available at the same time, so the library can decide which best suits its needs.
Second, digital monographs need to be made available in a way that allows the library to pick and choose and not make duplicate purchases.
Third, the Chicago library strongly prefers to buy digital content that’s guaranteed be permanently accessible, “so we essentially own it,” Mouw said.