Subject Guides

Electronic Resources @ Binghamton University Libraries: ACQUIRE

Information regarding the selection and evaluation process of e-resources being considered for addition to the Libraries collection

Stages of the E-Resources Lifecycle

There are six stages in the iterative e-resource lifecycle as defined by TERMS: investigation of new content, acquiring new content, implementation, ongoing evaluation and access, annual review, and cancellation and replacement review. The information provided in this section of the guide will address the first two stages.  The first stage entails active investigation of the resource under consideration by the collection development team prior to purchase. Deliberations may require trial set up and discussions with other stakeholders as well as application of local collection development criteria. Once a decison has been to acquire a resource, completion of license review and negotiations by the Electronic Resources Librarian is required before acquisitions staff place the order and confirm access set up has been completed.