It will be interesting to see the effects of Digital Rights Management (DRM) within art libraries. Libraries who subscribe to ARTstor are quite familiar with the limitations of ARTstor’s proprietary image viewer (especially in those cases where other, more flexible alternatives are available).
As convenience, disagregation, and broadband connections increase within our information-based society, the video collections of some art libraries may be replaced with on-demand video (hey, I’d love to get Art21 electronically delivered to my house with a couple of clicks). Yet, if the information is not made convenient and simple to obtain, will our patrons bother? Should we expect them to?