Bridging the gap between paper-based and digital collections

Libraries have integrated digital works into their holdings in two ways: by scanning old or rare works and by purchasing digital collections. In the former case, the paper-based and digital holdings are not in competition with each other; rather, digitisation enhances the value of paper-based works destined for long-term conservation. Items acquired in digital form, however – particularly journals, the focus of this particular study – raise the question of how to plan and manage the disposal of the surplus paper-based collections replaced by digital works.