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Fundamentals of Electronic Resources (Chapter Five of Technology for Small and One-Person Libraries)

2015 March 19
by Henry Stokes

ycdi_buttonBack in November the State Library sent copies of the LITA guide Technology for Small and One-Person Libraries to public libraries serving populations under 25,000  — and over the last few months Holly Gordon has been posting blogs about each of the chapters.  This book has great information about many aspects of technology in libraries.

Chapters 5 and 6 discuss issues with Electronic Resources, so I asked Russlene Waukechon, the TexShare Database Coordinator to review these chapters for us — Thanks Russlene!

“Chapter Five takes on the task of the Fundamentals of Electronic Resources, a subject that can seem daunting at times. It’s easy for the purchase of electronic resources to quickly absorb the majority of a library’s acquisition budget so it’s important to understand the basics of electronic resource management.

This chapter provides a basic overview of the selection process breaking it down into manageable steps. The first step is to write a collection development policy. This was one of the first tasks the Electronic Information Working Group did for TexShare over a decade ago as more resources began to be allocated for electronic resources in the TexShare program. This piece of advice is one of the best in this chapter. A well written collection development policy can serve a library well over many years. To see TexShare’s Collection Development Policy: https://www.tsl.texas.gov/texshare/collpolicy.html

The chapter continues with lists of resources for your use in the selection process. The resources listed are all good to become familiar with, but your membership in TexShare already gives you access to some of the resources listed in the chapter!   For instance:

–Library Journal can be accessed by searching EBSCO’s Academic Search Complete

–EBSCO’s Serial Directory is one of the databases available in the core menu

–DOAJ (Directory of Open Access Journals) is listed under the Librarian’s Reference Shelf towards the bottom of the TexShare menu page

We’re always here to help with any questions you have about electronic resources. You can reach us at: databases@tsl.texas.gov

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