ERIC Number: ED440617
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
Networked Information Resources. SPEC Kit 253.
Bleiler, Richard, Comp.; Plum, Terry, Comp.
SPEC Kit, n253 Dec 1999
This SPEC Kit, published six times per year, examines how Association of Research Libraries (ARL) libraries have structured themselves to identify networked information resources in the market, to evaluate them for purchase, to make purchasing decisions, to publicize them, and to assess their continued utility. In the summer of 1999, the survey was distributed to the 122 ARL member libraries; 59 responses (48%) were returned. Ninety-eight percent of the respondents offered networked information resources to their users. Findings are summarized in terms of staff involvement in each of the five steps of managing electronic resources; most effective methods for identifying new resources, evaluating them and making a purchase decision, publicizing new resources, and deciding to retain or cancel a resource; teams that manage networked information resources; budget; and the role of the consortia. Representative documents from selected responding libraries are presented after the survey form and include selection criteria, request forms and procedures, and electronic resources policies. (Contains 21 selected resources.) (AEF)
Descriptors: Academic Libraries, Higher Education, Information Networks, Information Sources, Library Collection Development, Library Networks, Research Libraries, Selection Tools
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Publication Type: Collected Works - Serials; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Association of Research Libraries, Washington, DC. Office of Leadership and Management Services.