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Transfer of Special Subject Collections to the "Specialised Information Services" Programme

During a three-year transition period (2013-2015), the previous DFG-funded special subject collections were transferred to the new "Specialised Information Services" funding programme.

Maintaining a special subject collection differs substantially from the tasks associated with a specialised information service, since there are no longer any common standards in this area. The main concern for maintaining a specialised information service is to examine the needs of specialist communities in detail in order to develop a suitable range of services. This objective assumes that as far as possible each specialised information service should be distinctly – although not exclusively – related to certain subjects or specialist communities. In the "collection plan" for the expiring system for special subject collections such a relationship did not exist in every case, nor was it mandatory.

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