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Meeting the Challenge of Simultaneously Managing Digital, Electronic, and Print Collections
Computers in Libraries - Westport
Subjects: Academic libraries; Library collections; Automation; Library resources; Scholarly publishing; Infrastructure; Collaboration; Metadata; Access to information; Collection management; Digitization; Electronic resources management; Information sources; Institutional repositories; Library management; Library technology; Public libraries
Author: Breeding, Marshall
Date: Mar 2017
Start Page: 16
Pages: 3
Section: The Systems Librarian
Abstract (Document Summary)

The management of library collections has never been more difficult than it is today. The proliferation of new formats of materials -- each with its own technical, business, and legal requirements -- brings the need for ever more sophisticated tools and processes for libraries to manage collections responsibly and efficiently. Library automation technologies initially emerged during an era when collections consisted only of physical materials. Today, information resources span quite a variety of physical and electronic formats, prompting major changes in the nature of the resource management and discovery services created for libraries. The proportions of involvement in each of these formats vary according to each type of library. This further complicates the picture for the organizations that create technologies for collections management and discovery. The author thinks of the content of library collections as falling into physical, electronic, and digital formats.

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