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WALDO member libraries to participate in Books at JSTOR

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WALDO (the Westchester Academic Library Directors Organization) has signed an agreement enabling its member libraries to participate in the JSTOR digital library project.

WALDO counts more than 700 academic libraries among its members – and JSTOR will provide institutions with the ability to purchase books as individual titles, as well as to provide seamless access to titles through the demand-driven acquisition model.

Through the agreement, WALDO members will be able to individually select books and create DDA approval plans with the Books at JSTOR program, which includes titles from the university presses of Columbia, Cornell, Penn State, Princeton, Harvard, Yale, and many others.

Participating libraries will have access to a wide range of scholarly monographs, with purchases triggered only for those books with real usage, and WALDO will facilitate those purchases for its members.

Robert Karen, director of procurement services for WALDO, said: 'Finally WALDO can offer our members flexible acquisition options for e-books combined with volume discounts. As the new program rolls out, WALDO members can opt to move forward with a DDA program, pick and mix, or predefined collections.

'The choice is made by the individual library and not defined by the consortium. Adding e-books to the JSTOR platform is just a natural evolution for libraries and it will deliver an even greater return on investment for our membership.'