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This article examines the decision-making process employed at an academic library to evaluate continuing commitments to two important reference sources in chemistry: Beilstein and Gmelin. A survey was used to ascertain regional subscribers for a potential resource-sharing agreement. A second survey was conducted to determine the status of the printed handbooks and usage of the online equivalents at institutions with similar chemistry departments. Results showed half of the surveyed libraries had standing orders for Beilstein and 35% had standing orders for Gmelin. The negotiation process between the Library and the Chemistry Department is outlined. The Chemistry Department elected to cancel both handbooks, use online databases in their place, and purchase new chemistry materials including periodicals.


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This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Library Acquisitions: Theory & Practice made available online 12/07/2002 online:



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