Next year, Wisconsin public libraries and library systems will see relatively small but significant changes in the annual report. To collect and report data about electronic content that is not e-book, e-audio, or e-video, new data elements based on database definitions will be added. These are called "electronic collections."
An electronic collection is a collection of electronically stored data or unit records (facts, bibliographic data, abstracts, texts, photographs, music, video, etc.) with a common user interface and software for the retrieval and use of the data. An electronic collection may be organized, curated and electronically shared by the library, or rights may be provided by a third party vendor. An electronic collection may be funded by the library, or provided through cooperative agreement with other libraries, or through the State Library. Do not include electronic collections that are provided by third parties and freely linked to on the web.
You can read more about this in the March 17 edition of Wisconsin Libraries for Everyone. We'll also provide more information later for directors.