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Libraries have been involved heavily in providing digital content to their patrons for many years now, largely through providing access to content hosted by publishers and aggregators. Increasingly however, libraries have been acquiring digital content itself and adding the files to their collections. The Library of Congress, as the national library and the home of the US Copyright Office, is heavily involved in this sort of digital acquisition and management. For example, over the past three years, the Library of Congress has been acquiring e-serials under the terms of the Copyright Law and adding them to its collection. Given the increasing prominence of this sort of activity in the work of libraries, as evidenced by the increased presence of NASIG presentations on this sort of topic over the past few years, it might be useful to share some of the experiences that LOC has had and lessons it has learned in this regard with its colleagues in the library community.
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