SPEC Kit 316 re-examines the ways in which ARL member libraries have (re)structured themselves to identify the availability of new e-resources in the market; evaluate them as candidates for acquisition; decide to acquire/purchase the e-resources; evaluate them prior to their renewal to determine their continued utility; and publicize or market the new e-resources. Nearly identical questions were posed regarding purchases/licensing by consortia and by individual libraries, enabling comparisons in process to be made. This SPEC Kit includes documentation from respondents in the form of e-resource selection policies, e-resource request and evaluation procedures, descriptions of library and consortia e-resource selectors, job descriptions, and promotional methods.
This publication is available for purchase in both online and print versions. Download the spec-kit-purchase-options-2013.pdf for complete pricing and purchase options information.
Link to the online SPEC Kit 316 on the ARL Digital Publications website.
- ARL and Ithaka S+R Release Findings on Sustainability of Digitized Special Collections
- SPEC Kit 217: Electronic Reserves (October 1996)
- SPEC Kit 214: Digitizing Technologies for Preservation (March 1996)
- SPEC Kit 207: Organization of Collection Development (April 1995)
- SPEC Kit 202: Electronic Journals: Issues & Trends (August 1994)
- SPEC Kit 201: Electronic Journals: Policies & Procedures (August 1994)
- Research Libraries' Enduring Responsibility for Preservation