Managing a collection of electronic information resources is quite different from managing a collection of non-electronic information resources. Unlike a book, computer equipment and networks are needed to access electronic information. More staff with different skills have to become involved. Maintenance is more complex. Patron's skills and needs are an important factor. Library choices are influenced and constrained by the marketing strategies, pricing and technology options offered by the information vendors. Different libraries making choices from the same available options can and will end up with substantially different solutions. This presentation examines and compares two different approaches to providing electronic information resources taken by relatively similar institutions, Brown University and Dartmouth College.
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