Collection Development through Data Harvesting

Audience: Library folks
Technical Level: Low

Much is being written lately about both the long term risk to libraries in relying on vendor supplied online resources, and about the loss of valuable government information due to the GPO relying on online availability. In this session, a solution to both problems will be presented.

The presenter will show how the Rutgers-Camden Law Library is developing and maintaining an electronic collection of government document materials through the use of wget, and other simple tools that can automate process of collection development. Practical discussion will include: 1. selection of materials; 2. the use and features of wget; 3. techniques for automating the collection process.

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John Joergensen
Rutgers, The State University of NJ, Camden

About Elmer Masters

Elmer R. Masters is the Director of Technology at the Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction ( where he works on interesting projects involving technology and legal education like eLangdell, Classcaster, Lawbooks, QuizWright, and the CALI website. He has nearly 25 years of experience building tech tools for legal education and systems for accessing law and legal materials on the Internet. He is the admin of the Teknoids mailing list ( and has been blogging about legal education, law, and technology for over 15 years ( He has a JD from Syracuse University College of Law and was employed by Syracuse, Cornell Law School, and Emory University School of Law before joining CALI in 2003. Elmer has presented at the CALI Conference for Law School Computing (where he organizes the program), the AALL and AALS Annual Meetings, Law Via The Internet, and other conferences, symposia, and workshops on topics ranging from IT management in law schools to building open access court reporting systems to information architecture design and implementation in law.
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