Library Trends 48 (4) Spring 2000: Collection Development in an Electronic Environment


Library Trends 48 (4) Spring 2000: Collection Development in an Electronic Environment. Edited by Thomas E. Nisonger.

This issue focuses on collection development and management in the rapidly emerging electronic environment. it addresses questions such as: What historical developments during the last two decades led us to the current environment? Are traditional collecting and cataloging methods still applicable in an electronic era? What selection criteria can be used for electronic resources? To what extent are these criteria new, the same, or modified forms of those for the selection of print resources? How do electronic resources impact the collection management of print materials? How is collection development staffing being influenced by electronic resources? What will the future bring?

A wide variety of specific topics is also covered in this Library Trends issue, including the World Wide Web, CD-ROMs, electronic journals, electronic books, digitization of traditional resources, cooperative collection development, consortia, networks, budgeting, collection management education, and the pricing, archiving, and licensing of electronic resources - to name only some of the most important issues.

Library Trends (ISSN 0024-2594) is an essential tool for librarians and educators alike. Each issue thoroughly explores a current topic of interest in professional librarianship and includes practical applications, thorough analyses, and literature reviews. The journal is published quarterly for the Graduate School of Library and Information Science by The Johns Hopkins University Press. For subscription information, call 800-548-1784 (410-516-6987 outside the U.S. and Canada), email jlorder [at], or visit

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