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 +## Acquisitions and Collections Development
 +**Date: March 31, 2019**
 +Hi Class. I've asked you to read a lot this week simply because collection
 +development and acquisitions is a complex problem for electronic resources.
 +Again, in the print-only days, acquiring resources was a fairly linear process.
 +Librarians became aware of an item, sought out reviews of the item, perhaps
 +collected it, described it, and then shelved it. And perhaps, depending on the
 +type of the library, weeded it out of the collection at some point down the
 +line. But there are so many more vectors to be aware of with electronic media.
 +Not only do libraries not necessarily own digital works (they may), but
 +different subscription services require different kinds of contracts. The media
 +(ebooks, journal articles, etc.) require handling and disseminating in
 +different ways due to not just technological barriers but also because of
 +licensing barriers. And so forth. Martin et al. (2009) really nail the issue
 +down in their article this week when they write, on page 216, that:
 +> As much as we would like to think our primary concerns about collecting are
 +> based on content, not format, e-resources have certainly challenged many
 +> long-established notions of how we buy, collect, preserve, and provide access
 +> to information (p. 217).
 +Although a world where the format dictates so much makes an interesting world,
 +it's also problematic and can be worrisome. We do think that content should be
 +king, but what we also have to ask, how can format either prevent or facilitate
 +access? If you catch the implicit there, you can see that we're building
 +a thread between acquisitions, collections development, and usability, which
 +we'll come to later in the semester.
 +One thing about this week: in a collection development course, you would
 +definitely focus on content and on what it takes to create a collection
 +development policy. Those things are relevant to the acquisition and collection
 +of e-resources. However, in a major way, one of the things you should take away
 +from this week's reading is how much the management of electronic resources
 +have impacted librarian work flows and how that has shaped, or reshaped, have
 +library organizational hierarchy. I'll provide an organizational chart for you
 +to discuss, and we'll use it to talk about how much electronic resources have
 +shaped the organizational structure of the library.
 +Also, the Lamothe (2015) article is interesting in a different way. Lamothe
 +finds that if an electronic e-reference source is collected and continually
 +updated, then it gets continually used, but if it's a static e-electronic
 +resource (compare, e.g., to a resource pushed out in PDF, although it could be
 +in HTML), then usage declines. I think additional studies should pursue this
 +line of questioning, but it raises really interesting questions about the
 +expectations that our patrons have about our content.
 +Finally, and this is really big right now, but the Open Educational Resources
 +issue is major. Textbook prices, as the article by England et al. (2017) notes,
 +have skyrocketed in recent decades. Some textbooks cost hundreds of dollars,
 +and of course, the problem impacts both school and academic libraries. UK
 +Libraries has a nice page on Open Educational Resources. I'll provide a link to
 +it here in the transcript and in the discussion prompt, and that page links to
 +OER content for both types of libraries, including the Explore
 +this information, and discuss whether libraries ought to collect and acquire
 +these resources (e.g., by adding records to them in their online public access
 +catalogs), or should they not be involved at all? 
 +- UK Libraries Organizational Chart:
 +  [][1]
 +- Open Educational Resources at UK:
 +  [][2]
 +- OER Commons: [][3]
 +## References
 +England, L., Foge, M., Harding, J., & Miller, S. (2017). ERM Ideas
 +& Innovations. Journal of Electronic Resources Librarianship, 29(2), 110–116.
 +Lamothe, A. R. (2015). Comparing usage between dynamic and static e-reference
 +collections. Collection Building, 34(3), 78–88.
 +Martin, H., Robles-Smith, K., Garrison, J., & Way, D. (2009). Methods and
 +Strategies for Creating a Culture of Collections Assessment at Comprehensive
 +Universities. Journal of Electronic Resources Librarianship, 21(3–4), 213–236.
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