Electronic Documentation in the Libraries of French Higher Education Establishments: State of Play and Perspectives for Development

The inquiry into electronic resources acquired by the common documentation services, the interestablishment services for documentary cooperation and large establishment libraries managed by the Under-Director of libraries and documentation in 1998 made clear the diversity of these resources, and shed light on the dichotomy of acquisition practices between the "hard" sciences and the human and social sciences. Faced with an ever changing supply and sometimes prohibitive prices for these products, it is a question on the one hand of putting into place a watchful network allowing the realization of a study constantly up-to-date with the available documentation, and on the other to favour interestablishment dialogue likely to succeed in the creation of a system for grouping the purchase of products deemed indispensable and/or very expensive.