College and Research Libraries
Association of College and Research Libraries
collection development, electronic resources
This article examines the impact of electronic technology on libraries and scholarship. It focuses on some of the challenges of using electronic resources in research libraries, which include the cost of acquiring electronic formats and the effect that such expenditures have on other library services and collection development practices. The article also explores how electronic resources have changed the way students and scholars conduct research. The goal of this essay is not to criticize or condemn electronic formats but, rather, to illustrate that electronic technology is simply one tool, among others, for the dissemination of information. As such, electronic resources should complement rather than replace other formats.
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Schaffner, Bradley L.. 2001. "Electronic Resources: A Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing?." College and Research Libraries 62, (3): 239-249. Available at: https://doi.org/10.5860/crl.62.3.239. Accessed via Staff and Faculty Work. Library. Carleton Digital Commons https://digitalcommons.carleton.edu/libr_staff_faculty/9
The definitive version is available at https://doi.org/10.5860/crl.62.3.239