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From The CriticsReviewer: Tracie J. Ballock, B.A., MLS (Duquesne University)
Description: For this work on the collection development in an online world, the editor collected 13 articles written by library professionals from around the globe, grouping them into three chapters: Common Issues, Special Issues, and Future Issues. This compilation has been published simultaneously as The Acquisitions Librarian, Volume 19, Numbers 1/2 (#37/38), 2007.
Purpose: In an effort to create a work representative of modern library practices from around the globe, the editor solicited contributions from library science academics and practitioners from Australia, Canada, the U.K., and the U.S. Each chapter covers specific issues faced by libraries today in light of this new electronic environment.
Audience: Since the contributors are librarians working around the world, most academic librarians should be able to find something of interest.
Features: The editor begins with an introduction summarizing the various topics covered in this work, grouped into three broad subject areas. The first chapter on common issues includes embracing electronic materials, electronic journal delivery, reference works, budgeting dilemmas, going e-only, and the pros and cons of electronic serials. The special issues chapter discusses copyright, quality of indexing, and the preservation of annual reports. Lastly, the discussion of future issues deals with enhancing online access, deconstruction of the e-journal, and PDA serials. Each article includes an extensive list of references. The book concludes with a useful index of terms.
Assessment: As the author notes in the introduction, some of the information is somewhat dated. Since he took a more international approach for this compilation, a number of the experiences are not applicable to all libraries. In general, this work will most likely appeal to those interested in gaining more extensive knowledge about the recent past and current online environment.