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Building an Electronic Resource Collection: A Practical Guide [Paperback]

Stuart D. Lee

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15 Feb 2002
Despite increasing library expenditure on large electronic resources or datasets, very little help is available to those involved in acquiring them. Information and library professionals involved with collection development must confront the challenge of how to make informed decisions in the face of the bewildering array of electronic resources available. This practical book addresses the situation by guiding the information professional step-by-step through building and managing an electronic resource collection. It outlines the range of electronic products available in abstracting and indexing, bibliographic and other services - such as OCLC products, Web of Science and e-journals - and then describes how to effectively select, evaluate and purchase them. Insights are given into e-collection planning and budgeting implications, and a system is proposed for coping with this increasingly important area. The case studies and models used are fully international in their application.

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'Overall, this is a practical and reassuringly accessible handbook, likely to be invaluable to both students and professionals.' Mmit and Lamit News 'Highly recommended for those involved in the selection process for any public or private library system.' Library Bookwatch 'I would not hesitate to recommend this book as an excellent introduction to e-resource management and collection development for students and new professionals. I also believe it is of great use to more experienced professionals working in this area as a reference tool.' Ariadne 'This updated second edition remains one of the best, if not the best, guide of its type, and can be unhesitatingly recommended not only for the quality of its mapping of the electronic resources terrain, but also for its invaluable checklists and the wealth of professional experience that it affords information professionals involved with collection development.' PROGRAM --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Stuart D. Lee MA PhD is Head of the Learning Technologies Group at Oxford University Computing Services. Frances Boyle MSc is Electronic Resources Manager, Oxford University Library Services. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A superb starting point for library professionals 12 Dec 2004
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Now in its second edition, Building An Electronic Resource Collection: A Practical Guide is a handbook especially for library and information professionals who need to make informed decisions in choosing how to incorporate electronic resources, and which ones should be selected for one's collection amidst the vast smorgasboard of choices. From an overview of the electronic resources landscape, to the nuts and bolts of what e-books and e-journals are and how to use them, to establishing a budget and evaluation process to determine which electronic resources to purchase, and much more, Building An Electronic Resource Collection is a superb starting point for library professionals of all backgrounds to familiarize themselves with the digital reading materials of the twenty-first century. Highly recommended for those involved in the selection process for any public or private library system.
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