Electronic Resources in Medical Libraries: Issues and Solutions

1st Edition

Elizabeth Connor

Published October 10, 2012
Reference - 144 Pages
ISBN 9780415542722 - CAT# Y138058

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Electronic Resources in Medical Libraries is an essential guide to the challenges of acquiring, licensing, and managing the electronic access and use of books and journals. Medical librarians working in a variety of settings, including academic health centers, hospital libraries, and government health associations, provide entry-level, mid-career, and experienced librarians with comprehensive information and advice on dealing with electronic resources. This invaluable resource examines a wide range of issues, including collection development, pricing, open access, licensing, remote access, statistics, publisher liability, and the Semantic Web.

As healthcare professionals, researchers, educators, and students rely more and more on digital content, medical libraries spend more and more time dealing with the complexities surrounding the use of e-resources. Electronic Resources in Medical Libraries examines the issues they face everyday, including the shift from print to electronic materials, off-campus and cross-campus access, usage statistics, journal pricing, open-access publishing, licensing, collection development, and much more.

Topics addressed in Electronic Resources in Medical Libraries include:
  • how to negotiate consortial packages
  • how to use an electronic resource management (ERM) system
  • how to create a portal to share electronic resources
  • how to consolidate costs and provide wide access
  • how open access affects pricing
  • how to establish and maintain access to licensed e-resources
  • how to develop a combined e-journal Web page
  • how off-campus students interact with a full-service document delivery option for electronic journals
  • how to integrate e-resources into an online catalog
  • how to apply emerging Semantic Web technologies to digital libraries
  • and much more
Electronic Resources in Medical Libraries is an invaluable professional guide for medical and academic librarians, and a helpful classroom resource for faculty and students in library schools.

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