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The corporate librarian is pressed to demonstrate his or her value to the parent organisation, leading to efforts to reduce costs and improve library usage. In BT's case, these pressures resulted in outsourcing labour-intensive activities, such as document delivery, and in replacing paper-based publications with online versions. Susan Rosenblatt is reported as commenting that "available information drives patterns of usage" (Odlyzko, 1997a). BT's experience bears this out. Making more information available on the intranet increases library usage both by local users choosing online access in preference to using the library in person and by remote users who previously had no practical means of access.