This policy guides the selection of electronic resources for the James M. Milne Library. Two fundamental principles form the basis of the policy: that the library will aim for the widest access available for any electronic resource and that the library will aim for perpetual ownership for any electronic resource. Access-only purchase agreements will be considered on a limited basis.
The evaluation of electronic resources is a collaborative process. The Head of Bibliographic and Digital Services solicits purchase requests for evaluation that includes but is not limited to the librarian liaisons and convenes the same group periodically to review current electronic resource subscriptions for deselection. The Head of Bibliographic and Digital Services welcomes suggestions from academic departments.
Electronic resources are distinct, sizable collections that directly support the educational and research programs of SUNY Oneonta. For the purposes of this policy, electronic resources include but are not limited to:
In selecting electronic resources, the library broadly promotes accessibility, including internet accessibility, assistive technologies, and reference and instruction services for users with disabilities. The library conducts accessibility testing as a standard part of the acquisitions process and commits to informing vendors of the ongoing need to develop resources that are accessible to all users.
General criteria for the selection of electronic resources as well as deselection and licensing criteria are outlined below.
Coverage and Scope
Stability of the Content and/or Vendor
Relationship to the Print Collection
The Head of Bibliographic and Digital Services periodically initiates a review of current electronic resource subscriptions for deselection. This process includes but is not limited to the librarian liaisons. The criteria for deselection are:
The library adheres to licensing criteria adopted by both the American Library Association and the Association of Research Libraries, found here: https://www.arl.org/resources/principles-for-licensing-electronic-resources/. In general, the library prefers licenses that include but are not limited to the following:
Reviewed by Library Liaisons (September 16, 2020)
Approved by Darren Chase, Library Director (September 16, 2020)
Reviewed by Library Committee (April 19, 2021)