Electronic sources refer to online subscriptions or products offered on the library's network. The main purpose of these sources is to supplement or replace the print collection resources. These sources have become an integral part each collection and continue to grow.
The library is committed to the effective use of technology that will both enhance the quality of learning and provide more effective access to the latest information available.
Usually, electronic sources will be selected on the same basic principles as print. In selecting an electronic source, the selector(s) must use and review the online product for an agreed upon test period.
A librarian or library manager, along with input from the assistant director and staff, will decide whether or not to purchase the resource in print form, electronic form, or both formats.
Purchases and buying patterns are determined in large part by:
- availability/quality/favorable review of the online product.
- information must be presented in a comprehensible and easily used format requiring minimal training or explanation.
- reliability of access.
- capability for downloading information in usable formats.
- patron/staff requests.
- currency and depth of information (archival availability).
- limited shelf space for paper copies.
- available computers.
- electronic price (to include necessary logins) versus paper price.
- access from outside the library.
- Some of the CD products currently received are monthly, quarterly, or annual subscriptions, which are thus "weeded" automatically. Products which are not automatically updated will be replaced by newer editions as they are issued or weeded when the information becomes too dated to be of use. Lost or damaged CDs will be replaced, if appropriate.
- Some of the paid electronic sources are selected via statewide input and received through the WYLDCAT on the Web database. These are reviewed regularly by all members of the consortium and an appointed statewide committee makes renewal recommendations. CCPL staff provides input, but is only a part of the statewide consortium.
- Electronic sources selected by CCPL that do not pass through the statewide consortium will be reviewed annually, by library staff, prior to renewal time.