ERIC Number: ED456848
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2001-Jun
Building Sustainable Collections of Free Third-Party Web Resources.
Pitschmann, Louis A.
The purpose of this report is to identify and synthesize existing practices used in developing collections of free third-party Internet resources that support higher education and research. A review of these practices and the projects they support confirms that developing collections of free Web resources is a process that requires its own set of practices, policies, and organizational models. Where possible, the report recommends those practices, policies, and models that have proved to be particularly effective in terms of sustainability, scalability, cost-effectiveness, and applicability to their stated purpose. The report outlines similarities and differences between print and free Web resources and describes how the nature and complexity of free Web resources comply with or challenge traditional library practices and services pertaining to analog collections. Several methods of data gathering were used, including interviews with librarians, Web browsers, and subject gateways. The findings that emerged from the research done for this report document that developing and managing collections of free Web resources has wide-ranging, long-term implications for human resources, organizational issues, and fiscal matters that extend well beyond the circle of individuals responsible for selecting these resources. In addition to the specific collection development policy issues of collection scope, selection criteria, and resource discovery, a discussion of the broader issues pertaining to managing collections of free Web resources is included. The report consists of 10 sections: (1) "Introduction"; (2) "Why Select Free Third-Party Web Sites?"; (3) "Identification, Evaluation, and Selection"; (4) "Access: Resource Discovery and Added-Value Functions"; (5) "Data Management: Collection Maintenance, Management, and Preservation"; (6) "Multilinguality"; (7) "User Support; (8) "Human Resources: Organizational and Financial Issues"; (9) "Future Directions: Nurturing Sustainability"; and (10) "References." (Contains 51 references.) (AEF)
Descriptors: Costs, Educational Policy, Educational Practices, Educational Research, Educational Resources, Higher Education, Information Services, Information Sources, Internet, Library Services, World Wide Web
Web site: http://www.clir.org ($20). For full text: http://www.clir.org/pubs/abstract/pub98abst.html.
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Council on Library and Information Resources, Washington, DC. Digital Library Federation.