Myers, Sheri
August 2004
Kentucky Libraries;Summer2004, Vol. 68 Issue 3, p4
Academic Journal
The article focuses on the publication of books in a digital format and ways in which academic libraries should decide which titles to include in their ebook collections. A digital copy of every book, and full-text searching of books might be the future of libraries, but it is unrealistic to expect that libraries will have the resources to meet such an extravagant expectation now. It is necessary to develop a list of titles that meet some criteria and use those titles as a measuring stick for potential ebook acquisitions. Reference materials are extremely useful in the digital format. Many of them are created, marketed, and licensed to libraries as separate entities with their own unique user interfaces. Items from the circulating collection with long-term, high circulation and browse counts should be among the first materials purchased for a digital collection. Books that are frequently placed on course reserve are especially valuable in digital formats, as these materials also receive heavy use. Titles that frequently come up "missing" or "lost" would also make good candidates for a digital collection.


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