netLibrary: a new direction in collection development Academic Article uri icon


  • Texas A&M University (TAMU) Libraries is a member of two consortiums that include academic and public libraries. Both consortiums purchased access to netLibrary ebooks for their members. Approximately 92 libraries within the Amigos Library Services consortium jointly purchased roughly 10,000 ebooks. The Texas State Library and Archives Commission (TSLAC), which oversees a consortium of approximately 700 statesupported libraries, purchased roughly 9,000 ebooks. TAMU purchased an additional 193 ebooks for its own collection. The purpose of this project was to explore the use of netLibrary as an electronic collection development tool. The Library Extranet, netLibrarys datagathering software, provided information necessary to compare usage based on subject categories. Data was cumulated for a total of 270 days comparing TAMUs usage to that of the combined consortiums. Final analysis and results are provided. Collection development librarians will use these results to finetune the future growth of TAMU and consortium collections.

published proceedings

  • Collection Building

author list (cited authors)

  • Ramirez, D., & Gyeszly, S. D.

citation count

  • 18

publication date

  • January 2001