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The library has a combined print and electronic book approval plan. Both components, print and electronic items, are
patron driven selections.
The more expensive the e-resource, the more likely its acquisition will be evaluated and decided upon within a multi-
stage collective context and centrally funded. For centrally funded e-acquisitions, the Electronic Resources Selection
Committee evaluates requests and makes recommendations, while the Collection Development Council makes the
The presence of Portico has helped allay fears in going online only; we need better ways to ﬁnd and catalog and expose
individual titles of online monographic series (cataloging analytics).
The same criteria and responsibilities apply whether we are purchasing/subscribing independently or through a
consortium. We are committed to mainstreaming e-resources and only creating specialized workflows and criteria when
While we are pretty good at identifying and evaluating e-resources for acquisition, we discovered, in the economic
downturn, that we were not as prepared to identify and evaluate e-resources for cancellation. We are now working on
providing our librarians with tools and methods.