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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Carmel J. Yurochko, BA, MLIS (Duquesne University)
Description: This is a collection of articles from a variety of authors and touches on a myriad of electronic resource topics. It is copublished simultaneously as Journal of Library Administration, volume 40, numbers 1/2 2004.
Purpose: Not meant to be exhaustive in nature, this book highlights the complexities, effects, and challenges of electronic resources, e-content, and resource sharing. The purpose is to provide practitioners with some insights into the ever changing landscape of electronic resources.
Audience: This work is intended for electronic resource, interlibrary loan, and/or digital librarians, especially. The articles would also be of interest to anyone involved in the client services aspects of a library or other institutions.
Features: The seven articles provide information on topics such as copyright issues, open source software, license negotiations, and the changes in scholarly publication. Four focus on resource sharing in particular and all of the complexities involved. Each article includes a useful bibliography. The book ends with a helpful index.
Assessment: As an overview of the evolving topic of electronic resources, the book serves the purpose of introduction and explanation of topics, such as the changes in scholarly publications. It would be a useful, practical read for librarians attempting to get a foothold in this area.