Trisha L. Davis, "The Evolution of Selection Activities for Electronic Resources," Library Trends 45, no. 3 (Winter 1997): 91-403.
As the principles of collection development have evolved over the last two decades, most selection activities for electronic resources have developed from criteria established for print materials. For nonprint formats, selection criteria follow a generally standard model, varying only slightly as additional criteria are needed to assure equipment compatibility and storage security. Selection of electronic resources, such as CD-ROMs, dial access databases, electronic journals, and World Wide Web (WWW) products, requires a more extensive set of criteria. This article outlines how the traditional selection activities must continue to evolve to meet the needs of the new electronic environment.