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Industry Standards in ARL Libraries: Electronic and On-Demand
Reference and Instruction Publications and Papers
  • Lorraine J. Pellack, Iowa State University
Document Type
Article
Publication Date
1-1-2005
Abstract
Purpose—Little is known about the current state of industry standards subscriptions in U.S. libraries. In this age of electronic access and tightening budgets, many libraries are re-examining whether or not to alter paper subscriptions of standards to electronic versions and/or switch to on-demand delivery. Design/Methodology—Two surveys were conducted in an attempt to gauge the extent to which other libraries are currently collecting standards in electronic format, or providing on-demand purchasing for industry standards. Findings—The number of libraries purchasing electronic standards or providing on-demand purchasing in 2003 appears to be incongruous with comments from both surveys. In the 2001 survey, librarians could not find ways to fund on-demand purchasing and in the 2003 survey, a number of libraries were purchasing some sets on an irregular basis to save money. A little over half (51%) of the responding libraries provide electronic versions of standards and sixty percent indicated they provide on-demand purchasing of individual standards. Originality/Value—Survey responses resulted in several local changes to improve patron success rates at acquiring industry standard including: created a publicly-searchable database of locally-available standards, initiated a purchase on-demand process, worked with Interlibrary Loan (ILL) staff to determine which standards would be better to purchase versus request on ILL, and became more adept at reference interviews involving requests for standards.
Comments

This is a post-print of an article published in Collection Building, 24, no. 1 (2005): 20–28, by Emerald.

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http://www.sherpa.ac.uk/romeo/issn/0160-4953/
Copyright Owner
Emerald Group Publishing Ltd.
Language
English
Date Available
June 22, 2012
Citation Information
Lorraine J. Pellack. "Industry Standards in ARL Libraries: Electronic and On-Demand" (2005)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/lorraine_pellack/2/