In the last half-century, the information world has been transformed from static to fluid with an ever-expanding array of electronic resources requiring new and different means of collecting, organizing, and disseminating information. This is the first collection development guide to encompass the total range of electronic resources libraries are dealing with today- including regional library catalogs, bibliographic services, electronic journals (and ancillary products such as linkage services), large text and image services (like Proquest and Carl UnCover), and subject-specific resources. This practical and unique guide begins with a look at the landscape of electronic resources and examines their life-cycle from an acquiring library's perspective: > What is available? > How can you make selection decisions and acquire resources? > How do you deliver those resources to users and assess usage? Special sections are devoted to: > Collection development for electronic journals and e-books > Making resources available both inside and outside the library (including authentication issues and methodologies) > Evaluating use (including different kinds of usage statistics) > Budgeting and planning Rethink your collection policies and practices with this up-to-the-minute, comprehensive approach to electronic resources.