Building Sustainable Collections of Free Third-Party Web Resources

pub98. Building Sustainable Collections of Free Third-Party Web Resources
Louis A. Pitschmann
(6/01, 50 pp.) $20
ISBN 1-887334-83-1

This report identifies and synthesizes existing practices used in developing collections of free third-party Internet resources that support higher education and research. A review of these practices and the projects they support confirms that developing collections of free Web resources is a process that requires its own set of practices, policies, and organizational models. Where possible, the report recommends those practices, policies, and models that have proved to be particularly effective in terms of sustainability, scalability, cost-effectiveness, and applicability to their stated purpose.

The report outlines the similarities and differences between print and free Web resources and describes how the nature and complexity of free Web resources comply with or challenge traditional library practices and services pertaining to analog collections.

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