January 25, 2022

New: Key Issues for e-Resource Collection Development: A Guide for Libraries (Full Text, Free)

Written and edited by members of IFLA’s Acquisition and Collection Development Section. There is no charge to access/download the complete guide.


Key Issues for e-Resource Collection Development: A Guide for Libraries
30 pages; PDF.


Sharon Johnson, with Ole Gunnar Evensen, Julia Gelfand, Glenda Lammers, Lynn Sipe and Nadia Zilpe
Edited by members of the Acquisition and Collection Development Committee, including Jerome Fronty, Joseph Hafner, Judy Mansfield and Regine Schmolling.


International Federation of Library Associations

From the Introduction

Electronic resources represent an increasingly important component of the collection- building activities of libraries. “Electronic resources” refer to those materials that require computer access, whether through a personal computer, mainframe, or handheld mobile device. They may either be accessed remotely via the Internet or locally. Some of the most frequently encountered types are:

  • E-journals
  • E-books
  • Full-text (aggregated) databases
  • Indexing and abstracting databases
  • Reference databases (biographies, dictionaries, directories, encyclopaedias, etc.)
  • Numeric and statistical databases
  • E-images
  • E-audio/visual resources

This Guide focuses exclusively on electronic resources whether acquired via purchase or license, free from the web, born digital or multiple format materials (e.g., CD-ROM combined with a book). Electronic resources present a number of challenges not encountered with the selection and acquisition of traditional analog materials and it is advisable for the library to develop clear policies and processes for the selection and management of such resources. This will provide clarity to staff and ensure that electronic resources within the library are developed with due consideration of cost, technical feasibility, licensing, access and preservation requirements, and constraints.

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.

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About Gary Price

Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.