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Serials Management: Adrift During a Sea Change?

Early on, as a few visionaries speculated on the potential of electronic publishing, it seemed that the possibility of decreasing reliance on paper would lead to lower costs for serials. That hope has not been realized. Indeed, electronic products require costly development with demands for technological infrastructure additions and upgraded skill sets among staff, both in publishers' organizations and in libraries. Although few libraries have cut costs by moving to electronic alternatives, many are finding that these products do offer enhanced access and value-added features that users appreciate and, increasingly, come to expect.