Hold the Date: Symposium Planned for 2003 Midwinter Meeting in Philadelphia

In the last few years, the topic of acquiring electronic resources has been explored in considerable depth. With several years of experience in the acquisition of such resources, librarians are now discovering a critical need to manage those resources effectively, often finding the task complicated and overwhelming. A full-day symposium, to be held Friday, January 24, in Philadelphia just prior to ALA Midwinter Meeting, is designed to provide practical information and explore a variety of options that libraries may wish to consider to make decisions about the wealth of electronic material now available.

“Managing Electronic Resources: Meeting the Challenge” will be of interest to librarians from all types and sizes of libraries and to staffs of technical and public services, collection development, and library administration. All libraries, whether large or small, whether academic, public, or special, are confronting the same issues—how to manage these valuable, expensive resources in terms of usability and cost effectiveness. Specific information on speakers, location, and costs will be posted on the ALA Web site early this fall and posted to relevant discussion lists. In the meantime, those who are interested in attending should hold the date open on their calendars!

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