The selection of print and electronic book and journal collections is among the most important activities for health librarians. Some important issues that health librarians contend with are: what is my annual collections budget? what is the overall scope of the library collection? how do I balance print and digital resource needs? free versus fee-based resources; determining differing content in print versus online versions; duplication of identical sources, multiple vendors, online access and authentication, adaptability of database interfaces and, of course, limited budgets. As physical libraries change from housing print collections to the almost completely digital, health librarians must find ways to perform collection outreach and liaison activities with user groups throughout their organizations. One of the primary challenges for health librarians in the digital age is the proliferation of scientific knowledge and evidence due to advances in biomedical research. Changes in information cycles are often a result of the way physicians are trained, how they practice and carry out their research; ultimately, this has an impact on the maintenance of a knowledge-base in the different medical disciplines and consequently how health librarians build collections.
Open archive—Circulating library stacks What is the impact on the last archival print copy when it is accessible to the public? 1. Volumes subject to additional wear 2. Volumes becoming lost, etc. Non-circulating depository What is the impact on the user of storing print issues housed in a non-circulating depository? Shared Consortium Responsibility for Print Journal Archives - What are the Terms of Agreements
Cherry picking this chart from an interesting paper full of data….we will explore this paper further This data broken out by discipline This data pertains to faculty….is the same true for students. Not sure I agree with there interpretation of this data but they say - Readings by social sciences, humanities, and medical/health faculty are more likely to be from print sources than are readings by engineering and sciences faculty. Humanities is the only subject discipline whose members use print sources more often than electronic sources. Work by Vakkari (2006) suggests this may simply be a matter of availability, with a much smaller percentage of humanities journals available in electronic format (Table 5).
Cherry picking this chart from an interesting paper full of data….we will explore this paper further - younger faculty members are much more likely to access readings from electronic sources than are their older counterparts. In fact, the percent of reading from print sources goes steadily up as the age of the reader increases (Table 24). - This data not broken out by discipline but some of her data is This data pertains to faculty….is the same true for students. More data (Table 20) shows
LIBR534 – Health information sources & services
Module IV: Collect
Lecture 1- Transition to Online
March 11, 2010
Greg Rowell & Dean Giustini, SLAIS Adjunct faculty
what is the overall scope of the library collection?
how do I balance print and digital resource needs?
free versus fee-based resources;
duplication of identical sources, multiple vendors, online access and authentication, adaptability of database interfaces
Rowell-Giustini – LIBR534 Discard or Retain Print Discard Retain - does E equal P - embargo on e-version - Is E ILL eligible - quality of e-version images - Non subscription costs - archive - shelving space - open or closed stacks - processing - personnel - user preference
Lingle, Virginia A. and Robinson, Cynthia K.(2009) 'Conversion of an Academic Health Sciences Library to a Near-Total Electronic Library: Part 1 ', Journal of Electronic Resources in Medical Libraries, 6: 3, 193-210. URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/15424060903178879
Lingle, Virginia A. and Robinson, Cynthia K.(2009) 'Conversion of an Academic Health Sciences Library to a Near-Total Electronic Library: Part 2 ', Journal of Electronic Resources in Medical Libraries, 6: 4, 279-293. URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/15424060903364750