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Developing and Managing Electronic Collections: The Essentials

ALA. 2013. 200p. notes. bibliog. index. ISBN 9780838911907. pap. $65. PRO MEDIA
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Johnson (Fundamentals of Collection Development and Management) presents a guide to help libraries consider and address the issues involved in developing and managing their electronic collections. The book is not intended to be exhaustive in its coverage. Rather, it chooses key issues (the selection and evaluation of e-resources, order placement, licenses, budgeting) and provides advice and practical solutions for developing and managing the e-resources currently owned. "The rapid and constant changes in information technologies and the e-content marketplace" make it difficult to predict the future direction libraries should take, but Johnson does offer up some crucial concepts to consider. Easier and greater mobile device access to e-content as well as patron-driven acquisitions (which will impact academic libraries in particular) are just two of the trends examined. In addition to a glossary, there are "Suggested Readings" at the end of most chapters.
VERDICT This book works well in conjunction with Marie R. Kennedy and Cheryl LaGuardia's Marketing Your Library's Electronic Resources: A How-To-Do-It Manual for Librarians. Selectors of e-content in all libraries will benefit from this book.

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