Managing Digital Resources in Libraries

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Advice from the experts—on collecting and managing the digital resources that are an increasingly vital part of librarianship!

Managing Digital Resources in Libraries is a practical guide to managing library materials in digital formats. Working librarians share their expertise in the acquisition and management of digital resources, addressing questions of licensing, funding, and providing access. The contributors also examine innovative projects and systems, such as the integration of PDA-accessible resources into a library collection and the development of all-digital libraries. You’ll also find supplementary reading lists and bibliographies of additional resources, including relevant Web sites.

Addressing the challenges of and barriers to the preservation and dissemination of electronic information, Managing Digital Resources in Libraries explores vital questions, such as:

  • How are librarians coping with digital resources?
  • How do they compare and select titles and formats to purchase?
  • How do they allocate limited funds—to lease or to purchase high-priced electronic titles?
  • Does consortium membership provide the answer to funding problems, or does it force librarians to pay for content their users neither want nor need?
  • Is MARC still an appropriate format for cataloging?
  • How can librarians make themselves familiar with the multitude of available resources?
Managing Digital Resources in Libraries will update your working knowledge of:
  • online resources
  • open archives—their uses and their history
  • the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, the First Sale Doctrine, and the Fair Use Doctrine—and their implications for librarians
  • e-journal cataloging and e-journal management software
  • electronic collection development and management
  • personal digital assistants
  • digital licensing agreements
  • electronic searching systems, including ELIN@, Electronic Journal Finder, Pirate Source, OPAC, and cold fusion databases
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Editorial Reviews

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Reviewer: Carmel J. Yurochko, BA, MLIS (Duquesne University)
Description: Copublished simultaneously as The Acquisitions Librarian, Numbers 33/34, 2005, this book is a compilation of articles on topics, such as licensing agreements, related to the management of electronic resources in academic, health sciences, and public libraries. The 13 articles are organized into four useful, practical categories.
Purpose: The authors attempt to wade through the quagmire surrounding the complicated management of electronic resources. Although this particular quagmire is broad and deep, the authors make good inroads — clearing a path to increased understanding, especially regarding licensing and how librarianship itself is changing.
Audience: Geared toward electronic resource, electronic access, and digital librarians, this book would also be beneficial to acquisitions librarians. Additionally, with the inclusion of articles on the changing focus of librarianship and the need for reorganization, library directors should examine this work to get a better handle on trends.
Features: The book is divided into four categories: licensing; opinions, research and analysis; systems and software; and special projects and histories. Each category contains articles pertinent to the topic, such as the impact of licenses in the licensing category and the transformation of librarianship in the opinions, research, and analysis section. Most articles include a helpful bibliography, and the index at the end of the book is very useful.
Assessment: A must read for anyone who has an electronic resource collection, regardless of the size, and for anyone involved in attempting to manage electronic resources in an academic, health sciences, or public library. This book can be a valuable tool. It sheds much needed light on a murky situation and offers good overviews of the continuously evolving situations that abound in electronic resource management.

3 Stars from Doody
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Table of Contents

  • Introduction: Managing Digital Resources (Audrey Fenner)
  • The Impact of Licenses on Library Collections (Min Chou and Oliver Zhou)
  • Travels into Several Remote Corners of the Information Universe: A Voyage to the
    Department of the Houyhnhnmists, or, Licensing Issues and the Integrated Collection (Timothy Shipe)
  • Harvesting for Disseminating: Open Archives and the Role of Academic Libraries (Eugenio Pelizzari)
  • The Electronic Librarian: Inching Towards the Revolution (Emerita M. Cuesta)
  • The Method Behind the Madness: Acquiring Online Journals and a Solution to Provide Access (Donna Skekel)
  • Choices in Cataloging Electronic Journals (Cecilia A. Leathem)
  • ELIN@: Electronic Library Information Navigator—Towards the "One Stop Shop" (Anna Alwerud and Lotte Jorgensen)
  • Western Michigan University Libraries’ "Electronic Journal Finder" (Randle Gedeon and George Boston)
  • Integrating Print and Electronic Resources: Joyner Library’s "Pirate Source" (Clark Nall and Janice Steed Lewis)
  • Electronic Journals in Aggregated Collections: Providing Access Through the Catalog and a Cold Fusion Database (Sue Anderson)
  • Just Another Format: Integrating Resources for Users of Personal Digital Assistants (Denise Koufogiannakis, Pam Ryan, and Susan Dahl)
  • Issues in the Development of an All-Digital Public Health Library in Michigan: The Michigan Community Health Electronic Library (Harvey R. Brenneise)
  • Electronic Collection Management: Completing the Cycle—Experiences at Two
    Libraries (Judith Hiott and Carla Beasley)
  • Index
  • Reference Notes Included
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