Academic journal article Reference & User Services Quarterly

Developing and Managing Electronic Collections

Academic journal article Reference & User Services Quarterly

Developing and Managing Electronic Collections

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Developing and Managing Electronic Collections. By Peggy Johnson. Chicago: ALA, 2013. 192 p. Paper $65 (ISBN: 978-0-8389-1190-7).

Coming from a distinguished career in technical services, Johnson delivers an exceptionally well written and much-needed book about what one must do to get one's library ready for the next frontier: the conversion from a largely print collection to one more heavily oriented toward electronic formats. Because of the intrinsic differences between electronic and print materials, librarians must rethink the way they do things. Included in the chapter on "working across organizational units to acquire and manage e-resources" is a flowchart illustrating the many steps involved in deciding whether to purchase a given electronic item. Let's use the example of a database. Step one: A reference librarian with expertise in the relevant subject area will conduct a trial of the database. Two: Another staff member, perhaps from technical services, will negotiate the license with the vendor. Three: A systems librarian may be involved in evaluating the product from a technical standpoint. …

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