Managing Electronic Resources and Serials

Evolving Issues and Practice

by Steven J. Oberg with the assistance of Bethany J. Goodwin


Scholarly communication has changed, and as a result, improvements in serials and e-resources management must be improved. This up-to-date book identifies best practices for e-resources and serials.

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November 2018

Libraries Unlimited

Pages 200
Volumes 1
Size 7x10
Topics Acquisitions and Collection Management/Serials
  Information Systems and Technology/Database and Other Retrieval Systems
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This book describes current best practices for managing e-resources, explains how management of electronic resources aligns with traditional serials management, and identifies why e-resources and serials need to be handled differently than traditional print resources.

The tremendous growth of electronic resources such as online databases and e-books, the expansion of open access venues for scholarly communication, and the transition of vast numbers of serials to electronic formats mean that management of library collections must change. Many librarians need specific guidance in working with these new resources and effectively managing new portals of knowledge.

Managing Electronic Resources and Serials: Evolving Issues and Practice meets the critical need of LIS students and library practitioners who specialize in collection development and serials/e-resources management to learn how to handle the growing convergence of serials and e-resources. The book supplies up-to-date best practices, covering topics such as collection development, acquisition, evaluation, and intellectual access issues (including discovery systems). Readers will better understand the evolution that is happening in scholarly communication and, by extension, see how these changes necessitate extensive improvements in practice.


  • Enables practitioners and students across the LIS profession to readily become familiar with key issues in the dynamic and quickly changing areas in LIS practice
  • Focuses on best practices for managing serials and e-resources, offering practical guidance that can easily be applied in real-world situations
  • Addresses key topics and challenges such as peer review, the tenure track system, the expansion of open access, the role of consortia, and evaluation and assessment
Author Info

Steve Oberg, MSLIS, is assistant professor of electronic resources and serials at Wheaton College, Wheaton, IL. Twice elected president of NASIG, he has written and presented extensively on technology, electronic resources, and serials issues for the past 25 years. Oberg also teaches courses on technical services, e-resources, and serials management at the School of Information Sciences at Illinois as well as at Dominican University’s Graduate School of Library and Information Science. He has worked in a wide variety of settings, including a large academic research library, library systems vendor, liberal arts college libraries, and a Fortune-100 healthcare company. He received his Master of Science in Library and Information Science and undergraduate degrees from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His Twitter username is @TechSvcsLib and he blogs at

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