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dc.contributor.authorReyes, Betsaida M.
dc.contributor.authorDevlin, Frances A.
dc.identifier.citationReyes, B.M. and Devlin, F.A. (2020), "An assessment of e-book collection development practices among Romance language librarians", Collection and Curation, Vol. 40 No. 1, pp. 24-30.
dc.description.abstractPURPOSE: The purpose of this paper is to describe the collection development practices regarding e-books among librarians who manage French, Italian, Portuguese and Spanish (Romance) materials. The authors aim to describe factors that influence acquisition of e-books for Romance language collections to confirm librarians’ perception that humanities researchers prefer print and library administrators’ attitudes toward e-books.

DESIGN/METHODOLOGY APPROACH: This study collected data using a mixed-method approach of a survey and focus groups.

FINDINGS: This study confirms that user preference is the primary consideration of Romance librarians in selecting e-books. Contrary to librarians’ perceptions, this study found that humanities faculty and students are not averse to using e-books for specific purposes such as searching, targeted reading and course materials. While restrictions on lending e-books are a concern, Romance librarians are focused primarily on serving the needs of their core constituencies.

RESEARCH LIMITATIONS/IMPLICATIONS: The practice of adding call numbers to individual e-books varies among institutions. Individual e-book titles in large packages do not necessarily get added to the catalog, thus making it very difficult to compare e-book collections between institutions.

ORIGINALITY/VALUE: This study endeavors to unify the anecdotal narratives and factors that influence the acquisition of e-books by Romance librarians.
dc.publisherEmerald Publishing Limiteden_US
dc.rightsCopyright © 2020, Emerald Publishing Limiteden_US
dc.subjectCollection developmenten_US
dc.subjectMixed-methods assessmenten_US
dc.subjectRomance languagesen_US
dc.subjectRomance literatureen_US
dc.subjectUser preferenceen_US
dc.subjectScreen Readingen_US
dc.titleAn Assessment of e-Book Collection Development Practices among Romance Language Librariansen_US
kusw.kuauthorReyes, Betsaida M.
kusw.kuauthorDevlin, Frances A.
kusw.oaversionScholarly/refereed, author accepted manuscripten_US
kusw.oapolicyThis item meets KU Open Access policy criteria.en_US

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