E-Serials Collection Management: Transitions, Trends, and Technicalities

1st Edition

Jim Cole, Wayne Jones, David C Fowler

CRC Press
Published December 1, 2003
Textbook - 300 Pages
ISBN 9780789017543 - CAT# HW14735

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Learn how information professionals are addressing the electronic resource issues being faced in their own libraries and around the world!

This informative volume gives you an up-close look at the increasingly important role that electronic serials play in the overall library collection, today and in the future. It addresses many of the themes, problems, and questions raised by this fast-evolving medium, including e-journal publishing issues, troubleshooting, and accreditation issues, as well as e-reserves, e-books, and more. In E-Serials Collection Management: Transitions, Trends, and Technicalities, library professionals from the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, and Australia discuss these issues, the problems they have faced, and the solutions they have developed for them.

From the editor: “It is my belief that e-serials will continue to emerge as the key players in the library world, as the physical library gradually and inexorably gives way to the virtual library. As e-journals insinuate themselves throughout the infrastructures of libraries and expand their reach globally, the issues addressed in this book are becoming of concern to all librarians, not just the electronic resources and information technology specialists. Librarians all over the world are struggling with how to manage electronic serials and the issues associated with them. In this book, readers will see how library professionals just like themselves deal with electronic journals, their transitions, trends, and technicalities.”

With helpful graphs, figures, and charts making the information in the book easily accessible and understandable, E-Serials Collection Management: Transitions, Trends, and Technicalities will increase your understanding of:
  • the interrelationship between pricing, licensing, technological aspects, and proximity to publishers and libraries—from the point of view of a leading global subscription agent
  • the benefits and pitfalls of using vendors/publishers, third-party providers, and subscription agents for electronic journal services
  • how information professionals are currently developing and cataloging online materials—with a survey of 70 libraries!
  • the IP ranges vs. passwords conundrum
  • the advantages of joining a consortium to make journals available to users at a lower cost to your library
  • how to determine the amount of usage your electronic products are getting
  • claiming and troubleshooting e-journals—with a fascinating case study from UCLA's biomedical library
  • how to efficiently handle electronic articles destined for a reserve collection
  • how to select an e-book model that will satisfy your users and your staff
  • open-access systems and software—and what they mean to your institution
  • regional accreditation for e-serials
  • using a database-driven approach to manage e-resources
  • and more!


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