Given the broad definition of an electronic resource above, the purpose of this section is to clarify which types of electronic resources are covered by this policy. Two distinctions will help make this clarification. The first distinction is between the work of library staff and the work of library users. The second distinction is between information resources that are used to find and inform users’ academic work and practical tools with which they do their academic work.
The distinction between library staff from library users is not always clear. It is not necessarily a distinction between individuals but rather a distinction between roles and the tools used to perform those roles. There are instances in which library staff are also students and/or faculty of the University. The role of library staff member requires the use of certain tools and information resources in order to fulfill job duties. The purpose of this policy is not to guide decisions about this type of tool or resource. Instead, it is meant to guide the addition, maintenance, and removal of electronic resources that are used to find and inform work performed by library users.
The second distinction is based on the purpose of an electronic tool or resource. The library provides electronic resources to users whose primary purpose is to manipulate information. In this category fall software like the Microsoft Office Suite, the Adobe Reader, Adobe Photoshop, Internet Explorer, and WinZip. Again, the purpose of this policy is not to guide decisions about this type of tool or resource. Instead it is meant to guide the addition, maintenance, and removal of electronic resources that are used to find and/or that contain information pertinent to University curriculum or research.
Thus, the scope of this policy extends only to those electronic resources that used to find and inform the work of library users.
Because of their ephemeral quality, e-newsletters will be generally not be added to the collection. Decisions concerning individual titles will be made by the serials librarian, subject specific librarian and/or library director. (I am placing this in bold so you guys see it added in and can make comments.