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Evaluating Electronic Resources

BC ELN relies upon the expertise of partner libraries in the evaluation of electronic resources. Partner libraries conduct independent product evaluations in advance of joining a licence and re-evaluate existing products in advance of annual licence renewals. BC ELN facilitates the evaluation process by arranging product trials and providing documentation including product descriptions, licensing terms and conditions, pricing, and other relevant background information.

Criteria for measuring the appropriateness of an electronic resource do not differ essentially from criteria used to measure books or any other format. The selection of a digital resource requires the careful weighing of a number of factors including content, functionality, technical requirements, cost and management. Criteria guiding selection decisions include, but are not necessarily limited to, the following items:

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