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Digital collection development for unique users: a veterinary medicine library’s approach

Derek Hunter Marshall (Veterinary Medicine Library, Mississippi State University, Mississippi, USA)

Interlending & Document Supply

ISSN: 0264-1615

Article publication date: 11 November 2014




The purpose of this paper is to present analysis of collection development in a specialized collection given the demand for electronic or online content.


A review of research in digital collection development was conducted with particular emphasis on veterinary medicine or medical libraries. This article provides a critique of research on digital collection development as it pertains to a specialized collection from the perspective of a veterinary medicine librarian.


As collection development tends toward a preference for electronic formats, many advantages for specialized user groups arise from purchasing electronic books.


As there are many specialized library types, collection development differs according to user groups. As a veterinary medicine librarian, the author presents a profile of collection development for a specialized user group.



Hunter Marshall, D. (2014), "Digital collection development for unique users: a veterinary medicine library’s approach", Interlending & Document Supply, Vol. 42 No. 4, pp. 171-175.



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