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Hypermedia Online Publishing: the Transformation of the Scholarly Journal

5.3.5 Libraries

Librarians are now able to broaden their roles beyond access and archiving to become publishers themselves and provide greater access to information for their users. This theme will be taken up in greater detail later (see 8: Library Case Studies on page 145). O'Donnell argues that the role of a publisher may be able to be performed by a library organisation if scholarly journals are electronic [ODonnell, 1995', p. 195]. [Butler, 1986] suggests that libraries may find themselves moving towards one or both of two possible extreme positions: libraries without journals or journals as libraries.

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