Key Issues for e-Resource Collection Development: A Guide for Libraries

by Sharon Johnson, with Ole Gunnar Evensen, Julia Gelfand, Glenda Lammers, Lynn Sipe and Nadia Zilper

Publisher: IFLA Acquisition & Collection Development Section

Edited by members of the Acquisition and Collection Development Committee, including Ann Okerson, Jérôme Fronty, Joseph Hafner, Judy Mansfield and Regine Schmolling.

The purpose of this Guide is to help develop an awareness of the key issues that every library will need to consider and address in developing an e-portfolio. The Guide is not intended to be exhaustive, but is written to provide a reasonable and informed introduction to the wide range of issues presented by electronic resources.

A guide that addresses an evolving subject area, such as electronic resources, requires updates. Thus, updates to this Guide at appropriate intervals, as determined by the Standing Committee of the IFLA Acquisition and Collection Development Section, will replace the previous edition on IFLANet. The current document is simply a snapshot of best practices at this point in time.

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The Acquisition & Collection Development Section's goal is to have the Guide translated in all of the 6 official IFLA languages... and beyond! Available so far are:

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Last update: 14 February 2017