E-preferred collection development, Collection development policies, Collection budgets, Electronic resources, E-books, COVID-19


The COVID-19 pandemic forced libraries to close temporarily halting the access to physical collections. As a result, many libraries started reformulating or implementing collection development policies that favour the acquisition of electronic formats. Given the low, and in some cases nonexistent, availability of resources in electronic formats in the non-English publishing realm, concerns were raised by several area studies organizations about the equity and representation in collection development and acquisition. This report provides insight on how the Council on East Asian Libraries (CEAL) , along with the North American Coordinating Council on Japanese Library Resources (NCC) and the Society of Chinese Studies Librarians (SCSL), felt it was important to add its voice in support of its peer organizations and describes the process involved in the creation of a task force and the completion of a survey that worked on developing a statement, henceforth referred to as the CEAL Statement, to articulate the East Asian studies-specific concerns on behalf of its members.

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