Libraries today face rising costs, contract issues, changing formats, and technical complexities when it comes to electronic resources. This instructional guidebook will prepare you for managing every aspect of your virtual “stacks.” From evaluating resources, to negotiating and licensing, to staff training and mastering authentication software, you’ll learn everything you’ll need to know to fund, procure, and organize your digital collection.
The work offers step-by-step guidance for overseeing collection development of electronic resources with a special focus on activities revolving around the life cycle of the materials, such as identifying and evaluating appropriate resources; managing the knowledge base, link resolver, discovery layer, and administrative accounts for each resource; and gathering and analyzing usage statistics and other assessment data. Content includes a chapter on communicating with authors, funding sources, publishers, and libraries regarding digital rights and access to texts. The book concludes with a look at the future directions of electronic resource management.
- Presents practical information through an easy-to-follow progression of concepts
- Introduces readers to the standards, systems, and structures in place for the effective management of electronic resources
- Features information on standards development, new product assessment, and idea exchange for both novice and experienced librarians
- Includes a section on preserving and archiving digital materials