Melissa Renspie, Senior Communications Officer, RLG Programs of OCLC Programs and Research announced the release of a casual report about RLG’s exploration of ways to make access to digitized special collections self-supporting, prepared by RLG Program Officer, Ricky Erway. "Seeking Sustainability" (.pdf: 87K/15 pp.) is available in PDF format on the OCLC Programs and Research Web site.
The report begins with an overview of RLG Cultural Materials and Trove.net (two services RLG offered prior to the RLG/OCLC combination) and discusses why they were curtailed. The findings regarding sustainability are based on RLG’s experiences with subscription access, image licensing, and relevant advertising, as well as attempts at sponsorship and content licensing with other Web portals. The report captures a moment in time, but should be of interest to anyone pondering the question of how to provide access to and sustain library, archive and museum resources.
You may link directly to the report here:
This report is part of an ongoing series of papers from OCLC Programs and Research to promote evidence-based practices that are likely to have an impact on research institutions and the communities they serve.
Questions or comments regarding this report can be directed to Ricky Erway, Program Officer, at firstname.lastname@example.org.