Acquiring electronic information resources in a higher education and research context

The rapid increase in the availability of electronic information resources in university libraries, driven by the Couperin consortium, shows signs of slowing. All the stakeholders are agreed on the need to reverse this trend by implementing a single nation-wide policy on scientific and technical information. An initial step of acquiring nation-wide licences for subscriptions to electronic journals should enable France in the longer term to sign up to trans-national licences, which four other European countries already share. The article also discusses other aspects of electronic information management, such as e-books, access, and ensuring the longevity of stored electronic data.