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Expand your knowledge of problems and possibilities with e-material acquisitions around the world to aid in making your own decisions

The demand for electronic material in academic libraries is growing and shows no sign of abating. Collection Development Issues in the Online Environment addresses key issues in electronic materials development and presents cutting-edge practices from academic libraries around the world. Leading authorities reveal insights on both common and special concerns that every library administrator can use in making decisions about their own collections. The text also presents real-life case studies illustrating approaches that can be modified for effective planning of your own library acquisitions. The strategies are practical, the information clear and helpful, all of it contained in a single useful volume that every information science professional or academic can use.

Collection Development Issues in the Online Environment is separated into three sections. The first section tackles issues common to most academic libraries such as electronic journal delivery and budgeting. The second section addresses special library digital issues such as the preservation and dissemination of unique types of information such as annual reports. The final section delves into the future of library electronic acquisitions and the coming challenges. This text is carefully referenced and includes tables and figures to enhance understanding of the subjects.

Collection Development Issues in the Online Environment topics include:

  • virtual learning environments (VLE)
  • problems of pricing and access with individually ordered or packaged electronic journals
  • budgeting issues in electronic resources
  • management of electronic-only versions of journals
  • electronic vs. paper serials—including selection criteria of each
  • copyright law—and its impact on electronic acquisitions
  • subscriptions to databases and the variations in depth and quality of indexing
  • the challenges in creation of an electronic collection of historical annual reports
  • costs and delivery options for unbundled and integrated media materials
  • systematic incentives to implement archiving of peer-reviewed papers produced by faculty
  • PDA serials issues
Collection Development Issues in the Online Environment is helpful, horizon-expanding information for librarians, library administrators, archivists, publishers, and library and information science educators and students.
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Reviewer: 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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780789030863
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 9/28/2006
  • Pages: 190
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

  • Introduction
  • COMMON ISSUES
  • Institutional Challenges to Increased Library Provision of Electronic Materials (Gareth J. Johnson)
  • Electronic Journal Delivery in Academic Libraries (Stephen Crothers, Margaret Prabhu, and Shirley Sullivan)
  • Electronic Reference Works and Library Budgeting Dilemma (Ibironke O. Lawal)
  • Going E-Only: A Feasible Option in the Current UK Journals Marketplace? (Martin Wolf)
  • Are Electronic Serials Helping or Hindering Academic Libraries? (Leila I. T. Wallenius)
  • SPECIAL ISSUES
  • DMCA, CTEA, UCITA...Oh My! An Overview of Copyright Law and Its Impact on Library Acquisitions and Collection Development of Electronic Resources (Leslie A. Lee and Michelle M. Wu)
  • Subscribing to Databases: How Important Is Depth and Quality of Indexing? (Linwood DeLong)
  • Annual Reports: Preserving and Disseminating a Source for Business History (Cynthia L. Cronin-Kardon and Michael Halperin)
  • FUTURE ISSUES
  • Enhanced Online Access Requires Redesigned Delivery Options and Cost Models (David Stern)
  • Incentives for Deconstruction of the E-Journal (Daniel E. Cleary)
  • PDA Serials: Practical and Policy Issues for Librarians (Stephen Good)
  • Index
  • Reference Notes Included
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