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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Bradley A Long, MSLS (Central Michigan University)
Description: This book, the published proceedings of the North American Serials Interest Group (NASIG), 15th Annual Conference, 2000, covers a broad range of hot topics in the ever changing field of serials management. The emphasis of this conference was on electronic serials.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide a record of the presentations from the NASIG conference. Many issues regarding the current and future state of electronic serials were presented at this conference. The editors have done an excellent job of converting the many presentations into an easy to follow and useful text.
Audience: The primary audience are serials librarians, serials catalogers, library administrators, and anyone else who deals extensively with electronic serials. Each conference presenter included is at the forefront of the constantly changing face of electronic serials. Furthermore, a broad range of library disciplines are represented in these conference proceedings, including the medical libraries.
Features: The focus of this conference, thus this book, is on electronic serials. The areas covered in great detail are serials mangement, serials cataloging and metadata, the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, collection management, archiving and preservation, and end user issues. Of particular interest to medical librarians Is the National Library of Medicine's presentation by Liz Pope on PubMed Central.
Assessment: As long as you don't already subscribe to the journal this was first published in, this book would be an excellent addition to any academic or research library's collection. It may have limited value for hospital libraries or other small specialized libraries with limited journal budgets. As with any conference proceedings, a continued purchase of these proceedings will also be valuable.