Now that EThOS have announced details of the new service model and subscription rate what are other libraries intending to do?
We have our own digital repository of electronic theses and we have not yet set up the EThOS harvesting and exporting tools, meaning the only copies of our theses which currently appear on EThOS are paper ones which have been digitised. Although the cost of digitising a thesis was cheap the end-user requesting system meant the theses we were supplying often seemed random and obscure.
It's hard to see the benefits of subscribing, other than perhaps the chance to give our research wider visibility or to help provide the research community with a central thesis repository. These are laudable aims, but it's a difficult case to make when we want to see direct benefits for our customers.
I'd be interested to hear the views of others on this and whether their institution is intending to continue to subscribe.
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