Collection Development in the E-content World: Challenges of Procurement, Access and Preservation

N.V. Sathyanarayana
2013 DESIDOC Journal of Library & Information Technology  
Collection Development is one of the most demanding professional functions of a library that involves deeper understanding of the users' needs, organisational eco-system in which a library functions, and the supply-chain of information and publishing industry. The importance of this function to library's usage value continues to be more demanding in the e-content world. However, the multitude of choices offered and controls exercised by the content creators and providers (authors, publishers,
more » ... hors, publishers, aggregators, and distributors) and the laws that regulate the ownership, pricing, and usage rights of e-content makes the collection development process one of the most challenging functions in the libraries of digital world today. It is a very different process demanding the libraries to redefine their purpose and functions. This article is a broad sketch of emerging challenges of e-collection development and the changes it will bring in other key functions of the libraries. The scope of discussion is limited to journals and books in the digital format.
doi:10.14429/djlit.33.2.4198 fatcat:4av3hsv6jjbajlz4hytfddeqya