Collection Management and Strategic Access to Digital Resources: The New Challenges for Research Libraries

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Learn to better control costs for print and digital resources—from recognized leaders in library administration!

Academic libraries have been using electronic resources for several years, yet library administrators still find that the evolution from print to digital takes meticulous planning. Collection Management and Strategic Access to Digital Resources is a collection of eight presentations from the 2004 University of Oklahoma Libraries Conference focusing on the ways academic research libraries can successfully make the transition from print materials to electronic resources. Respected authorities offer effective strategies to efficiently coordinate the use of digital materials in the contemporary research library.

As acquisition budgets tighten and fresh emphasis is placed upon finding strategies to afford needed resources, library administrators find it increasingly difficult to meet the challenge of providing information to today’s students and scholars. Collection Management and Strategic Access to Digital Resources focuses on innovative, practical solutions to difficult problems facing librarians and library administrators today and in the coming decade. The book is carefully referenced and includes tables and charts to clearly explain data.

Collection Management and Strategic Access to Digital Resources presents and thoroughly discusses:

  • the impact of digital resources on libraries, research, and learning in history and science
  • open access of research results beyond the print journal regime
  • Association of Research Libraries (ARL) and electronic journal subscriptions
  • an introduction to Ithaka—a not-for-profit organization that acts as an “incubator” for electronic projects and research for libraries
  • evaluations—and innovative alternatives—of the rules and beliefs of electronic resource collection
  • the historical and contextual considerations that have made collections cooperation difficult to achieve—and a global resources network initiative that may answer the challenge
  • transforming scholarship’s role by offering access to the raw material of research—offering new opportunities for access to a greater range of information
  • the responsibilities of research libraries in a rapidly evolving digital world
Collection Management and Strategic Access to Digital Resources is essential reading for senior library administrators in public, special, and academic libraries, as well as acquisitions, reference, collection development, and systems librarians.
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Editorial Reviews

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Reviewer: Marian T. Simonson, MSLS (Cleveland Clinic Foundation)
Description: This book is a collection of papers presented at the 2004 University of Oklahoma Libraries Conference on managing digital resources for research libraries. The authors and editor represent various backgrounds including research libraries, publishers from the profit and non-profit sectors, and a research library organization.
Purpose: The authors discuss the trend of transforming collections from print to digital formats and how it affects library services and budgets as well as its roles in the publishing marketplace and academic environment. The editor has compiled a worthy group of papers that address a timely subject.
Audience: Although focused on academic research libraries, the book is applicable to all types of libraries. Librarians in collection development, access management, and administration would benefit from reading it. The editor and the chapter authors are all experts in their varying fields and bring their own perspectives to the topic.
Features: Each chapter focuses on a specific aspect of shifting collections from a print to digital environment. The library's role as the central repository of information in the university is shifting as well, and various authors suggest ways to keep the library in the mainstream of university activities. Open access publishing, and its effect on the library, scholarly communication, and STM publishers, is also discussed in several chapters. Access management has become the buzzword for the new phase of collection development in which paradoxically cooperation, competition, and resource-sharing initiatives play central roles. Funding, or more appropriately, the competition for scarce funds, is a recurring theme with examples of how libraries are allocating their budgets.
Assessment: Since this is a compilation of papers presented at a conference, some chapters don't have references, but that is not a shortcoming. The information is timely; the chapters are well written by experts in their fields, and the editor should be commended for compiling a worthy publication. I recommend reading this work to get a snapshot of collection issues facing libraries in 2005.

3 Stars from Doody
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780789029355
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 6/28/2005
  • Pages: 162
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

  • Introduction (Sul H. Lee)
  • Collections of Record and Scholarly Communications: The Responsibilities of the Research Library in a Rapidly Evolving Digital World (Fred M. Heath and Jocelyn Duffy)
  • Collecting at the Edge—Transforming Scholarship (Paul M. Gherman)
  • Better Mousetraps in Turbulent Times? The Global Resources Network as a Vehicle for Library Cooperation (Dan Hazen)
  • Access Management: Challenging Orthodoxies (Karen Hunter)
  • Ithaka and Its Incubation Function: An Introduction (Kevin M. Guthrie)
  • A Snapshot in Time: ARL Libraries and Electronic Journal Resources (Mary M. Case)
  • Open Access: Unlocking the Value of Scientific Research (Richard K. Johnson)
  • Building Bridges, Filling Valleys: The Impact of Digital Resources on Libraries, Research, and Learning in History and Science (Frank Menchaca)
  • Index
  • Reference Notes Included
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