Practical Issues in Collection Development and Collection Access

1st Edition

Anne Jennings, Somers, Susan H. Zappen, A Bruce Strauch

Routledge
Published June 1, 1995
Reference - 193 Pages
ISBN 9781560247333 - CAT# HW11300

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Summary

Discover how fellow professionals view the evolving world of information selection, maintenance, access, and delivery. Practical Issues in Collection Development and Collection Access presents discussions on a wide range of topics in the field. Readers may not agree with all the opinions expressed by the authors, but will certainly share the same concerns. Readers will be stimulated by the ideas generated by the authors and the solutions proposed to some the many problems facing libraries and librarians today.

The book is of interest to librarians, vendors, and publishers. Chapters include surveys, studies, and first-hand accounts of “how we did it.” The contributing authors, from the United States, Canada, and abroad, address diverse topics which include:
  • confusion created by choices in document delivery
  • arguments for the speedy acquisition of both free and fee-based electronic serials
  • customer expectations and vendor performance
  • the practical consequences of the implementation of electronic data interchange (EDI), its benefits, and its current status of development internationally
  • suggestions to ensure the future of university presses
  • an examination of the work of the Copyright Clearance Center
  • acquisitions and the South African experience
  • the method used by a Swedish university library to deselect serials
  • the 10 Commandments for serials cancellations

    Additionally, the book discusses changes in relationships among librarians, vendors, publishers, and systems vendors; publishing and the electronic environment in Europe; electronic data processing and reference works in science; and development of a “corridor of adequacy” in library acquisitions.

    Professionals in library science, along with vendors and publishers, may feel overwhelmed by the recent myriad changes in the field. They can take a breath, catch up, and begin to prepare for the future by reading Practical Issues in Collection Development and Collection Access.

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