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Developing and Managing Electronic Collections: The Essentials
Peggy Johnson
Item Number: 978-0-8389-1190-7
Publisher: ALA Editions
Price: $67.00
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200 pages
6" x 9"
ISBN-13: 978-0-8389-1190-7
Year Published: 2013
AP Categories: A, B, C, D, E, F, F, H, I, J, Z
The complex issues associated with developing and managing electronic collections deserve special treatment, and library collection authority Peggy Johnson rises to the challenge with a book sure to become a benchmark for excellence. Providing comprehensive coverage of key issues and decision points, she offers advice on best practices for developing and managing these important resources for libraries of all types and sizes. With an emphasis on practical solutions that will provide effective and timely access to online resources for library users, she presents an in-depth look at 
  • The fundamentals of electronic resource planning, selection, and evaluation
  • The evolving world of acquisition options, licenses, and contracts
  • Fostering and maintaining positive relationships with vendors and publishers
  • Budgeting and financial considerations, with guidance on how to collaborate across library organizational lines to acquire and manage e-content more efficiently
Tips, informational sidebars, and suggested reading lists accompany each chapter, and an extensive glossary defines essential terms and concepts.
Table of Contents


chapter 1
Overview of the Evolving Electronic Collections Environment 

chapter 2
Selecting and Evaluating E-resources for Libraries

chapter 3
Selection and Order Placement

chapter 4
Licenses for E-content 

chapter 5
Conducting Business with E-content and Service Suppliers

chapter 6
Working across Organizational Units to Acquire and Manage E-resources 

chapter 7
Budgeting and Financial Considerations

chapter 8
The Future of E-content in Libraries and a Few Concluding Thoughts 


About the Author

Peggy Johnson began her library career as a music cataloger and has been a children's librarian in a public library, and serials cataloger, technical services head, and a senior collection development officer in academic libraries. In 2002, she served as interim university librarian at the University of Minnesota. Johnson has consulted on library development in Uganda, Rwanda, Morocco, and China. She is a frequent speaker and consultant on collection development and management and on change in libraries, two areas of particular interest. She edits the journal Technicalities: Information Forum for the Library Services Practitioner, has published numerous papers, and written and edited several books.

"The book is not intended to be exhaustive in its coverage. Rather, it chooses key issues (the selection and evaluation of e-resources, order placement, licenses, budgeting) and provides advice and practical solutions for developing and managing the e-resources currently owned … This book works well in conjunction with Marie R. Kennedy and Cheryl LaGuardia's Marketing Your Library's Electronic Resources: A How-To-Do-It Manual for Librarians. Selectors of e-content in all libraries will benefit from this book."
--Library Journal

"This short volume is a must-read for librarians who are just starting to explore how electronic collections will affect their libraries, and it would be a solid choice for most librarians currently working with electronic collections."

"From budgeting to handling vendors and publishers, this covers everything a librarian needs to know about the entire process, and is a pick for any professional's collection."
--California Bookwatch

"Johnson provides a commendable overview of some of the basic concepts that newly minted librarians will need to know as they enter the profession ... This title could be useful in several ways: It could be a reference guide for those already working in the field of electronic collections; it is fit to be included into many classes for an MLS curriculum, especially those that are acting as an introduction to the world of collection development; and this work could also be helpful to those who are looking into librarianship as a profession or a recent MLS graduate looking to get some career guidance in the area of building e-collections."
--Journal of Access Services

"Offers an excellent overview of the electronic collections environment for libraries ... Johnson discusses these topics thoroughly but concisely, and provides excellent bibliographical references for further reading. "

”The first chapter is masterful, covering the key events in some sixty years of the development of e-resources without being cursory, and in fact highlighting some interesting details. In the heart of the book, Johnson covers a large range of the most important topics, including current issues of concern to managers of e-resources … I would highly recommend this book for anyone wanting a short, informed overview of e-resources."
— Feliciter

"Johnson delivers an exceptionally well written and much-needed book about what one must do to get one’s library ready for the next frontier: the conversion from a largely print collection to one more heavily oriented toward electronic formats."
— Reference & User Services Quarterly

”Johnson’s book provides librarians responsible for managing electronic collections the information they need to gain mastery of their work along with resources for additional study so librarians can go on to advocate for more library-friendly practices from vendors and publishers … it would be an excellent and affordable textbook for a library and information science class."
— Serials Review

”An excellent contribution to the literature on e-resource acquisitions and management … Johnson has written a book relevant to all sizes and types of libraries."
— Library Resources & Technical Services

"Provides an in-depth review of the acquisition and management by libraries of electronic databases, periodicals and books. Discussion of e-book collections is especially thorough in keeping with their recent dramatic growth. As promised, it delivers a great deal of practical information and advice to help librarians navigate the intricate channels and shoals of electronic collections management."
— Journal of Electronic Resources in Medical Libraries

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