In the 1995 publication New Automation Technology for Acquisitions and Collection Development, Nancy Markle Stanley wrote a chapter entitled "Purchasing Electronic Resources: an Acquisitions Perspective"1 in which she outlines the challenges of managing electronic resources. I had to chuckle a bit when l read the book, because at the time of its publication, my undergraduate library was in the process of finally automating their catalog. The evolution of electronic resources in libraries has all of the characteristics of technological innovation. There are libraries with the funding and vision to be early adopters, and there are libraries on the tail end that are constantly struggling to keep up. Most of us lie in the middle, maintaining a balance between what we need and what we can afford.

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Copyright © 2006 Purdue University Libraries. This article first appeared in Against the Grain 18:2 (2006), 30-32.

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