Managing Electronic Serials/ Essays Based on the ALCTS Electronic Serials Institutes, 1997--1999 & Developing and Managing Electronic Journal Collections & Selecting and Managing Electronic Resources. (Book Reviews)

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Developing and Managing Electronic Journal Collections By Donnelyn Curtis, Virginia M. Scheschy, and Adolfo R. Tarango. How-To-Do-It 'Manuals, no. 1.02. New York: Neal-Schuman, 2000. 267p. $55 (ISBN 1-55570-383-6) LC 00-55423.

Managing Electronic Serials/ Essays Based on the ALCTS Electronic Serials Institutes, 1997--1999. Ed. Pamela M.\Bluh. ALCTS Papers on Library Technical Services & Collections, no. 9. Chicago: ALA 2001. 189p. $38 (ISBN 0-8389-3510-9) LC00-67646.

Selecting and Managing Electronic Resources By Vicki L. (Gregory How-To-Do-It 'Manuals,' no. 101 New York: Neal-Schuman, 2000. * 109p $55 (ISBN 1-55570-382-8

Successes and Failures of Digital Libraries/Eds. Susan Harum and Michael Twidale. 35th Annual, Clinic on, Library Applications of Data Processing, 1998. Champaign, Ill.: Graduate School of Library and Information Science, Univ. of Illinois, 2000. l34p. $30 (ISBN 0-87845-107-2; ISSN 0069-4789).

Collection Development in a Digital Environment/ Ed: Sul H Lee. Binghamton; N.Y.: Haworth, 1999. 118p. $49.95 (ISBN 0-7890 0794-0) $19.95 pbk. (ISBN 0-7890-0827-0) LC 99-39118.

Electronic Collection Management/Ed. Suzan D. McGinnis Binghamton, N.Y.: Haworth 2000. 159p, $69.95 (ISBN 0-7890-1308-) $34.95 pbk. (ISBN 0-7890-1309-6) LC 00-53864.

As the literature about electronic resources proliferates, it is increasingly difficult to examine the large number of new publications to sort out those likely to be of greatest interest and use to LRTS - readers. As a strategy for dealing with the increased number of publications in a new area of growing interest, the review editor requested a "megareview" covering not one, two, or three titles but eight recent books with seemingly interchangeable titles, all on the subject of managing electronic resources in libraries.

Careful examination of these titles reveals that four are dual publications, issued simultaneously as monographs and as journal issues, two from worth Press and two from the Graduate' School of Library and Information Science at the University of Illinois Urbana--Campaign. One is a set of conference papers bearing both an ISBN and an ISSN. The other three are ordinary monographs, although one, from ALCTS, consists of a set of multiauthored papers that originated as a conference program and subsequently grew into several well attended regional institutes before publication in book form.

In this review, in order to give each title a fair share of attention and space, first each is described briefly; next they are examined as an integrated body of literature; and finally, they are evaluated in the broader context of available literature on the subject.

Managing Electronic Serials includes eleven chapters by different authors, a bibliography, biographical sketches of the authors, and an index. Most papers include references, and some of the lists are quite extensive. The eleven chapters are "Seriality and the Web," by Regina Romano Reynolds; "Saddlepoints in Serials," by Ronald L. Larsen; "Electronic Serials into the Millennium," by Friedemann A. Weigel; "Managing Electronic Serials: An Overview," by Sharon Cline McKay; "Management and Technical Considerations for Acquiring and Accessing Electronic Serials," by George Machovec; "Seven Common Myths about Acquiring and Accessing E-journals," by Dan Tonkery; "How Intellectual Property Laws Affecting Libraries Are Changing," by Sarah E. Sully; "A License to Kill for...," by Faye A. Chadwell; "Cataloging Electronic Resources: The Practicalities," by Nonna J. Fair, Steven C. Shadle, and Beverley Geer; "Nuts and Bolts: Public Service in an Electronic Environment," by Raye Lynn Thomas; and "Another New Frontier: Trailblazing Electronically," by Thomas W Leonhardt.

The best chapters in Managing Electronic Serials are Larsen's, the keynote address at the first regional institute, which provides an excellent overview of the issues to be addressed in collecting, managing, and utilizing electronic serials; and Chadwell's, which furnishes librarians with a guide to obtaining better custom-negotiated licenses instead of passively accepting the standard licenses that vendors offer for their products. …