Everybody loves a happy ending: are we looking at a happy end to print purchasing?

Steve Sharp
Leeds University Library
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As the information landscape develops and the needs of customers change, the HE library community is responding by changing the nature and way in which it purchases. With financial cutbacks and economic restraint in the sector, HE libraries are reaching out to both customers and suppliers in an attempt to maximise value-for-money, opening up new supply lines, exploiting new technologies, exploring a range of new purchasing models and offering a greater range of content electronically. New acquisition strategies are developing, including patron-driven purchasing, but libraries are still assessing the impact / desirability of moving to e-only as a way of meeting the many and varying needs of differing customer groups.