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Group Assignment for the class: Develop Chinese Collections in Digital Era Group #2 Topic of the Discussion: 2. Criterion and factors to be considered when purchasing Chinese electronic resources: Budgetary/Funding o Allocation of funds – subject funds, e-resources funds, friends of libraries funds, etc. o Consider consortium purchase – cost sharing model (where each member of the consortium should pay less than what would be paid if the member goes alone) o Annual subscription or one-time purchase o Ongoing commitment of the (and increasing) annual cost o Possibility to use one-time fund to buy a multi-year subscription (for example, pay three year subscription up front and wait to see if money is available then and if the product is worth continuing paying for) Selection o Content Content quality – initial evaluation from trials In alignment with the curriculum (directly in support of the teaching and research needs of the target customer user groups of the institutions; not just a nice thing to add) Percentage of the overlap between the candidate e-resource and existing resources (such as electronic collections and print collections) o Searching functions Basic and Advanced Search Equivalent searching capability between Chinese Traditional and Simplified Characters; Pinyin and Characters as well as English and Chinese if English abstracts are provided. Federated search , Open URL o User friendliness of interface o English translation for abstract, title, author and key words. o The reputation/authority of the information provider Legal: Negotiating and Licensing o Copyright issues o Fair Use: any restriction on e-reserves, ILL, course packs, walk-in users, scholarly sharing o Perpetual access rights o Jurisdiction, “State law is your friend” Sustainability, including Storage and Access o Perpetual access rights o Digital preservation (the institution will continue having the access to the paid content even after the subscription ceases) o Be sustainable (safe operation) o Unicode font that supports Chinese language (traditional and simplified) o Intuitive interface Sustainability, including Management and Maintenance o Sustainable support from library systems (IT) unit of the library o How its processing might affect staffing, work flow, or task coordination Services/Support (from vendors) o Availability of vendors’ service representatives in North America o Availability of vendor mirror site in U.S. (too many challenges with vendor directly service model, such as different time zone, different vacation schedule, language barrier and cultural differences) o How often is the update/upgrade of the content? o Availability of collection analysis statistics (usage data) Technical o Metadata search o Interoperability: integrate with other electronic resources in your libraries. o Without extra propriety viewer/plug-ins/software o Security: authenticated off-campus access o Browsers: IE, Mozilla Firefox, Safari?