Evolving Institutional Approaches to Subsidizing End User Access to Research Databases: A Case Study
Author: Busch, J.A.
Source: Archives and Museum Informatics, Volume 11, Number 1, May 1997 , pp. 39-46(8)
Abstract:This paper reviews work of the Getty Art History Information Program (AHIP, recently renamed the Getty Information Institute) over the past decade to subsidize end user on-line access to scholarly research databases. A brief history of AHIP's work in the area is followed by a summary of a study of subsidized access to Dialog databases by Getty Center resident scholars which was reported in a series of papers by Marcia Bates, professor of Library Science at the University of California, Los Angeles. This study provided a touchstone for an assessment of the relative merits and opportunities associated with the various contractual arrangements and incentive strategies employed by AHIP with vendors such as Dialog, consortia such as the Research Libraries Group, and a CD-ROM publication program. The effectiveness of each of these methods in reaching the user is compared to print publications and the experimental offer of access to some of the AHIP databases over the World Wide Web.
Document Type: Regular Paper
Affiliations: Program Manager, Getty Information Institute, Santa Monica, CA, USA
Publication date: 1997-05-01