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Thursday, November 5 • 6:00pm - 6:45pm
I Have All These E-Books...Now What?

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While electronic journals have long been the staple in collection development, the Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine has recently opted for an electronic preferred model of collection development for all monographs even when print formats are available. This transition was made, in part, to serve students, faculty, researchers, and clinicians in the field who do not have immediate access to the physical library. This poster will display the results of a close examination of quantitative data gathered to determine the outcome of an electronic preference for monographs and the impact of this collection development policy on the CVM Library. The data examined will include usage statistics for specific user populations and cost analysis of the collection. While there are many factors in creating a collection development policy, librarians considering opting for an electronic preferred policy may consider the available evaluative data to determine if such a policy would suit their users and their collections. This poster will discuss the effects of the transition to an electronic preference in a niche monographic collection and what these effects may reveal for the future of collection development.


Derek Marshall

Coordinator of the College of Veterinary Medicine Library, Mississippi State University

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