Once an electronic resource has been selected, licensing issues come into play. A basic understanding of electronic resource licensing is essential not only for those who negotiate such licenses, but also for those who need to know, for example, the interlibrary loan implications of a license. Licenses should be reviewed to make sure they reflect agreed-upon terms between the library and the vendor before being signed and returned. Librarians are well advised to make note of contact names for customer service and technical support, and to keep this information handy should problems arise. The library should publicize a new resource to its user community once the resource becomes available.
The second part of the program, presented by Janice Snyder Anderson, dealt with the bibliographic control of electronic resources, with emphasis on electronic serials. Ms. Anderson characterized the elements of bibliographic control as: describing items in the bibliographic universe (however we choose to define that universe); providing access to descriptions of items in the bibliographic universe; placing surrogate records into retrieval systems (like OPACs or other databases); and having the surrogate records point to actual information packages.
Several options for the bibliographic control of electronic serials were discussed, including creating OPAC records for them; providing static lists of electronic resources on Web pages; and creating dynamic, Web-based databases (separate from a library’s OPAC) of electronic resources. Each approach presents its own advantages and pitfalls. According to Ms. Anderson, a combination of OPAC and Web-based access for electronic serials best ensures that users’ information needs are met as the library strives for comprehensive and accurate biblio-graphic control of these resources.