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Selecting and managing electronic resources : a how-to-do-it manual
Gregory, Vicki L., 1950-
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New York : Neal Schuman Publishers, [2000]

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v, 109 pages : illustrations ; 28 cm.
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Computer-based technologies are causing both evolutionary and revolutionary changes in libraries, heavily affecting the field of collection development. Electronic publishing alone has had profound implications for all areas of collection development in all types of libraries. This practical manual addresses both traditional and modern aspects of collection development as they relate to all aspects of electronic materials. It covers collection development policies, criteria, and process; budgeting and acquisitions; organization and maintenance of electronic resources; evaluation and assessment; copyright, licensing, and intellectual property issues; and preservation.

Author Notes

Vicki L. Gregory is Professor in and Director of the School of Library and Information Science at the University of South Florida in Tampa

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Library Journal Review

In a short period of time, information in electronic format has become the preferred version for many library users. Libraries are inundated with free information via the Internet, and some are overwhelmed simply managing the numerous databases they purchase. Beginning with an explanation of the need for good collection development policies, Gregory (director, SLIS, Univ. of South Florida, Tampa) sets out checklists and explanations for selection criteria, budgeting worksheets and ideas, evaluation, assessment activities, and a discussion of copyright and licensing issues. The chapter on organization and access to electronic resources is particularly refreshing in that Gregory recommends the MARC cataloging of resources as the highest level of organization. It may very well be impossible to catalog the entire web, but that is not necessarily our aim. Instead, our goal in collection development should be to select useful information resources for each particular library, to organize the resources appropriately, and make them available to our users. Gregory cements these concepts with an overarching discussion of collection development theory backed up with concrete checklists and worksheets. Recommended 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 Figuresp. v
1 Introductionp. 1
2 Collection Development Policiesp. 7
Traditional Policiesp. 8
Separate Policiesp. 11
Integrated Policiesp. 12
Internet Resourcesp. 14
Acceptable Use Policiesp. 15
Revision of Collection Development Policiesp. 15
Conclusionp. 17
3 Selection: Criteria and the Selection Processp. 19
Selection Criteriap. 21
Selection Differences for Internet Resourcesp. 23
Selection Toolsp. 25
Selection Teamsp. 29
Conclusionp. 34
4 Budgeting and Acquisitionsp. 35
The Acquisitions Processp. 35
Pricing Models for Electronic Resourcesp. 36
Budgeting for Electronic Resourcesp. 37
Consortium Purchasesp. 38
Information at the Article Levelp. 39
Web Toolsp. 42
Aggregator Servicesp. 44
Conclusionp. 45
5 Organization and Access to Electronic Resourcesp. 47
Levels of Organization of Electronic and Web Resourcesp. 48
Authentication of Usersp. 51
Conclusionp. 55
6 Evaluation and Assessmentp. 57
Assessment Datap. 57
Assessment Activitiesp. 58
Standard Areas of Data Collectionp. 58
Technological Additions to Standard Data Sourcesp. 58
Qualitative Techniquesp. 59
Tips on Managing an Evaluation Projectp. 62
Conclusionp. 63
7 Copyright and Licensing Issuesp. 67
Purchase versus Licensed Right of Usep. 69
Aspects of Licensing Resourcesp. 71
Considerations in License Negotiationp. 72
Choosing a License Negotiatorp. 74
Licensing Considerationsp. 75
Best Practicesp. 79
Managing Licensesp. 80
An Important Emerging Collection Development Concern in the Licensing of Electronic Resources: UCITAp. 81
Conclusionp. 85
8 Preservation Issuesp. 87
Is Digitized Information Preserved (or Preservable) Information?p. 88
Who Should Archive an Electronic Information Resource?p. 90
Who Should Be Concerned with Preservation Issues?p. 91
Conclusionp. 92
9 Conclusionp. 93
The Selection Processp. 93
Integration of Electronic Resourcesp. 94
Handling the Stress of Changep. 96
Selected Bibliographyp. 99
Indexp. 105
About the Authorp. 109