Rethinking the reference collection: exploring benchmarks and e-book availability

Jeffrey T Husted, Leslie J Czechowski
Medical Reference Services Quarterly 2012, 31 (3): 267-79
Librarians in the Health Sciences Library System at the University of Pittsburgh explored the possibility of developing an electronic reference collection that would replace the print reference collection, thus providing access to these valuable materials to a widely dispersed user population. The librarians evaluated the print reference collection and standard collection development lists as potential benchmarks for the electronic collection, and they determined which books were available in electronic format. They decided that the low availability of electronic versions of titles in each benchmark group rendered the creation of an electronic reference collection using either benchmark impractical.

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