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STL Special Library Spotlight: St. Louis College of Pharmacy Library July 31, 2009

Posted by Cynthia in Library Stuff.
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The St. Louis College of Pharmacy librarian has a lot on her mind when it comes to materials acquisitions. Without the responsibility of staff salary, budget planning for resources is the number one concern. The library adamantly invests in materials that support the curriculum; however, the format of those materials is somewhat varied. The St. Louis College of Pharmacy places a heavy emphasis on the usage of e-journals and online resources, and particularly benefits from using digital formats. Jill Nissen, library director of the college, made a good pint in regards to this issue. Highly expensive medical texts, that can be hundreds to thousands of dollars, are a hefty burden for the often limited budgets of the academic world. Rather than buy 100 books at a ghastly rate, it is much more effective to purchase one e-book online. This way, any number of people can use this resource at one time and funds can be further stretched.