Texas A&M University (TAMU) Libraries is a member of two consortiums that include academic and public libraries. Both consortiums purchased access to netLibrary e-books for their members. Approximately 92 libraries within the Amigos Library Services consortium jointly purchased roughly 10,000 e-books. The Texas State Library and Archives Commission (TSLAC), which oversees a consortium of approximately 700 state-supported libraries, purchased roughly 9,000 e-books. TAMU purchased an additional 193 e-books for its own collection. The purpose of this project was to explore the use of netLibrary as an electronic collection development tool. The Library Extranet, netLibrary's data-gathering software, provided information necessary to compare usage based on subject categories. Data was cumulated for a total of 270 days comparing TAMU's usage to that of the combined consortiums. Final analysis and results are provided. Collection development librarians will use these results to fine-tune the future growth of TAMU and consortium collections.
Collection Building – Emerald Publishing
Published: Dec 1, 2001
Keywords: Libraries; Collection management; Development
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