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Title:
Building electronic library collections : the essential guide to selection criteria and core subject collections
Author:
Kovacs, Diane K. (Diane Kaye), 1962-
Publication Information:
New York : Neal-Schuman Publishers, [2000]

©2000
Physical Description:
217 pages : illustrations ; 28 cm
Language:
English
ISBN:
9781555703622
Format :
Book

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Summary

Summary

Library collection development has changed dramatically in the past decade. The widespread use of new technology and the publication of information on and through the Internet and the World Wide Web means that librarians must begin to develop Web-based information collections. Here is a unique guide which will be invaluable for librarians building electronic libraries. Each chapter addresses collecting, evaluating, and selecting Web-based information resources in selected subject areas: business, employment, social science, health, medicine, bioscience, law, physical science, technology, education, current awareness, reader's advisory, and Web-based resources for print and other collection activities. Each chapter offers guidelines for writing an electronic library collection development plan for the subject area, reliable sources of reviews for Web-based resources, case studies of actual e-library collection development projects, and a suggested core collection. The author's companion Web site offers ready-made, annotated, constantly maintained links to sites in the core collections. Password registration information is included with the book.


Author Notes

Diane Kovacs has done Internet consulting and training for librarians for almost 10 years


Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Given the vast resources available on the Web, librarians need to approach it deliberately and scientifically to access the resources most relevant to the needs of users at a particular institution. Kovacs presents a two-part approach to developing a collection of Web-based resources. First, she provides help with preparing a collection plan, which is as necessary for electronic as for any other medium of resources. Then she takes five broad subject areas--such as business information, health and medical information, and legal information--and suggests a core collection of Web-based resources in each. She also devotes one chapter to developing a ready-reference collection and cites real case studies to exemplify.


Library Journal Review

E-books and other electronically available materials have come to the forefront of library collection development concern. The question is not whether we will collect electronic materials but how to decide what to collect. Kovacs, a well-known Internet consultant, library trainer, and author (The Cybrarian's Guide to Developing Successful Internet Programs and Services, Professional Media, LJ 5/1/97), presents criteria for developing electronic collections, including guidelines for evaluating online resources and writing electronic collection development plans. Besides presenting case studies of actual library projects, Kovacs also lists core electronic collections for ready-reference, business, jobs and employment, health and medicine, biological and physical sciences, social sciences, and technology information resources. Purchasers of this volume will also have access to a companion web site with links to the sites listed. One quibble: Kovacs assumes that the electronic collection will be built on a web page separate from the library's catalog, and, while this concept is not necessarily a detriment to the information available in the book, it perpetuates the notion that online resources are not worthy of cataloging. Web-based online catalogs enable the user to link directly to electronic resources. If an item is worth collecting, it is worth the effort to catalog it. Despite this flaw, Kovacs's book is an essential purchase for all libraries.DMargaret Sylvia, St. Mary's Univ. Academic Lib., San Antonio (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Table of Contents

List of Tables and Figuresp. vii
Table of E-library Builder Storiesp. ix
Forewordp. xi
Prefacep. xiii
Acknowledgmentsp. xvii
Introductionp. xix
E-library Builder Storyp. xxi
Print or Electronic Works Cited in the Introductionp. xxii
Websites Cited in the Introductionp. xxii
Chapter 1 Developing an Electronic Library Collection on the Webp. 1
Introductionp. 1
Review of Recent Internet Resource Collection Development Literaturep. 3
Preliminary Planning for the Web-based E-libraryp. 6
Developing a Collection Plan for the Web-based E-Libraryp. 9
Identifying and Collecting Internet Resourcesp. 12
Information Evaluation Criteria and Practical Application of Information Evaluation Criteria to Internet Informationp. 16
Selection Criteria for Internet Resourcesp. 27
Some General Considerations for Constructing, Organizing, and Maintaining the Web-based E-libraryp. 31
Print and Electronic Publications Cited or Consulted in Chapter Onep. 32
Websites Cited in Chapter Onep. 33
Chapter 2 Collecting Web-based Core Ready-reference Resourcesp. 35
The Core Internet Ready-reference Collectionp. 35
E-library Builder Storiesp. 42
Print and Electronic Publications Cited or Consulted in Chapter Twop. 48
Websites Cited in Chapter Twop. 48
Webliographies Included with Chapter Twop. 49
Chapter 3 Collecting Web-based Business and Jobs and Employment Information Resourcesp. 71
Business and Jobs and Employment Internet Resource Collection and Evaluationp. 71
The Internet Business Information Resource Collection Planp. 74
Identifying and Collecting Internet Business Information Resourcesp. 76
Evaluating Internet Business Information Resourcesp. 78
Selecting a Core Internet Business Ready-reference Collectionp. 80
Business Core Internet Ready-reference Collectionp. 83
The Internet Jobs and Employment Information Resource Collection Planp. 86
Identifying and Collecting Internet Jobs and Employment Information Resourcesp. 87
Evaluating Internet Jobs and Employment Information Resourcesp. 88
Selecting a Core Internet Jobs and Employment Ready-reference Collectionp. 88
Jobs and Employment Core Internet Ready-reference Collectionp. 89
E-library Builder Storiesp. 91
Print and Electronic Publications Cited or Consulted in Chapter Threep. 97
Webliographies Included with Chapter Threep. 97
Chapter 4 Collecting Web-based Health and Medicine Information Resourcesp. 103
Health and Medicine Internet Resource Collection and Evaluationp. 103
The Internet Health and Medicine Information Resource Collection Planp. 104
Identifying and Collecting Internet Health and Medicine Information Resourcesp. 105
Evaluating Internet Health and Medicine Information Resourcesp. 107
Selecting a Core Internet Health and Medicine Ready-reference Collectionp. 110
Health and Medicine Core Internet Ready-reference Collectionp. 113
E-library Builder Storyp. 114
Print and Electronic Publications Cited or Consulted in Chapter Fourp. 119
Webliographies Included with Chapter Fourp. 119
Chapter 5 Collecting Web-based Legal Information Resourcesp. 125
Legal Internet Resource Collection and Evaluationp. 125
The Internet Legal Information Resource Collection Planp. 126
Identifying and Collecting Internet Legal Information Resourcesp. 128
Evaluating Internet Legal Information Resourcesp. 130
Selecting a Core Internet Legal Ready-reference Collectionp. 131
Legal Core Internet Ready-reference Collectionp. 134
E-library Builder Storyp. 136
Print and Electronic Publications Cited or Consulted in Chapter Fivep. 139
Webliographies Included with Chapter Fivep. 139
Chapter 6 Collecting Web-based Biological Science, Social and Physical Sciences, and Technology Information Resourcesp. 141
Biological Science, Social and Physical Sciences, and Technology Internet Resource Collection and Evaluationp. 141
The Internet Science and Technology Information Resource Collection Planp. 142
Identifying and Collecting Internet Science and Technology Information Resourcesp. 144
Evaluating Internet Science and Technology Information Resourcesp. 146
Selecting a Core Internet Science and Technology Ready-reference Collectionp. 147
Biological Science, Social and Physical Sciences, and Technology Core Internet Ready-reference Collectionp. 149
E-library Builder Storiesp. 156
Print and Electronic Publications Cited or Consulted in Chapter Sixp. 166
Webliographies Included with Chapter Sixp. 166
Chapter 7 Collecting Web-based Education, Current Awareness, and Readers' Advisory Information Resources; Web-based Information Resources for Print; and Other Collection Activitiesp. 175
Education, Current Awareness, and Readers' Advisory Internet Resource Collection and Evaluationp. 175
The Internet Education Information Resource Collection Planp. 176
Identifying and Collecting Internet Education Information Resourcesp. 178
Evaluating Internet Education Information Resourcesp. 179
Selecting a Core Internet Education Ready-reference Collectionp. 179
Education Core Internet Ready-reference Collectionp. 181
The Internet Current Awareness Information Resource Collection Planp. 184
E-library Builder Storiesp. 186
Bringing It All Together and a Quick Guide to the E-libraryp. 191
Print and Electronic Publications Cited or Consulted in Chapter Sevenp. 194
Webliographies Included with Chapter Sevenp. 195
Indexp. 207