Electronic Collection Management

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Build and manage your collection of digital resources with these successful strategies!

This comprehensive volume is a practical guide to the art and science of acquiring and organizing electronic resources. The collections discussed here range in size from small college libraries to large research libraries, but all are facing similar problems: shrinking budgets, increasing demands, and rapidly shifting formats. Electronic Collection Management offers new ideas for coping with these issues.

Bringing together diverse aspects of collection development, Electronic Collection Management investigates traditional strategies that still have value and suggests innovative solutions to new problems. It also offers informed discussion on how collection development and management are likely to change in the future. More and more, the emphasis is turning from collecting information to organizing it, a paradigm shift that is nothing short of a revolution in library science.

Electronic Collection Management examines some of the toughest issues of electronic collections management, including:

  • handling tensions in liberal arts colleges over patron expectations, library budgets, and collection priorities
  • taking technical issues into account in selecting electronic resources
  • controlling costs for scientific serials
  • organizing electronic resources for ease of access
  • facing the challenges of distance learning
  • finding fresh perspectives on traditional publication formats

    Electronic Collection Management presents practical advice and solid information on the urgent issues subject bibliographers and collection development librarians are confronting today.

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Editorial Reviews

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Reviewer: David Brennan, BA, MLS (Pittsburgh Theological Seminary)
Description: This book provides an overview of the increasingly complex world of the development of electronic collections, or more appropriately, electronic resources. The issues presented range from enabling collaborative efforts between the collection development and information technology staff to the potential of the SPARC coalition to reduce skyrocketing costs of scholarly journals.
Purpose: This book "seeks to focus on the variety of approaches and beliefs held by librarians...when it comes to electronic collection management," with an emphasis on academic libraries. With the multitude of vendors, licensing agreements, and general volatility in this emerging market, this type of overview is necessary for collection development librarians to understand the place of electronic resources within the framework of the overall library collection development strategy. The author's objectives are met with this title.
Audience: This book is intended for those in the academic library market. Some of the contributions (particularly those related to distance education and interdisciplinary studies) are of little utility to the nonacademic library or specialized departmental library, but others will be useful to any library professionals wrestling with the management of their electronic resources. The author's experience is sufficient to edit this collection.
Features: The selections clearly illustrate the current state of the electronic resources market, and the conflicts and challenges that they present from both a collection development and financial perspective. Particularly enlightening are those articles that take on an analysis of the economics of publishing scholarly journals electronically. In common with other Haworth releases, this title includes a complete index as well as the usual references at the end of each article.
Assessment: This is a solid introduction or refresher on the issues and challenges faced by collection development librarians as they continue to integrate electronic resources into their repertoire of library services, and will be particularly useful to those in libraries that do not subscribe to the Collection Management journal in which these selections first appeared. It is not a "how-to" book in a technical sense (which could possibly be inferred by the title), but instead presents a variety of management and philosophical approaches to dealing with electronic resource collections.
Eight essays offer assistance for acquiring and organizing electronic resources. The contributors<-->presumably librarians themselves, though not identified as such<-->discuss collections ranging from small college libraries to large research libraries that are all facing shrinking budgets, increasing demands, and rapidly shifting formats. The anthology is also published as v.25, nos.1/2 (2000). Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

4 Stars! from Doody
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780789013088
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 1/28/2002
  • Series: Collection Management Series
  • Pages: 170
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

Cultivating Our Garden: The Impact of Digital Full Text Periodicals on the Liberal Arts College Library 1
Information Technology and Collection Development Departments in the Academic Library: Striving to Reach a Common Understanding 17
SPARC: An Alternative Lifestyle for Academic Libraries 37
Challenges in Electronic Collection Building in Interdisciplinary Studies 51
Collection Development in the New Millennium-Evaluating, Selecting, Annotating, Organizing for Ease of Access, Reevaluating, and Updating Electronic Resources 67
Collection Development and Organization of Electronic Resources 97
Distance Learning and the Opportunities and Challenges for Libraries 115
Some Issues for Collection Developers and Content Managers 137
Index 155
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