Academic journal article Reference & User Services Quarterly

Electronic Collection Development: A Practical Guide

Academic journal article Reference & User Services Quarterly

Electronic Collection Development: A Practical Guide

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By Stuart D. Lee. New York: Neal-Schuman, 2002. 147p. $55 (ISBN 1-55570-440-9). www.neal-schuman.com

The development of electronic information sources raises new issues for librarians involved in the selection and acquisition of library materials. However, the librarian's skills in selecting nonelectronic materials apply to selecting the new media. Lee gives us a very useful textbook that reinforces this point. The book clearly and concisely demystifies the selection process, allowing librarians to make well-informed decisions regarding the purchase of new electronic tools.

The Guide is divided into five chapters. Chapter 1 opens with basic discussions on electronic resources, or data sets. It covers the development of electronic tools, provides a definition of a data set, and discusses reasons for purchasing electronic tools rather than print sources. The chapter adapts a basic model for collecting print materials, to collecting electronic tools, by presenting a basic scheme for rational selection, acquisition, and use, of electronic tools. Chapter 2 covers specific issues to consider when evaluating electronic tools. Topics covered in this section include evaluation of interfaces, remote access to data versus local mounting of data, password versus IP authentication, special features available in databases, options for downloading data, and archiving data for future access. …

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