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Moving from Print to Electronic Journals: A Study of Libraries at Indiana Colleges and Universities, by Jo McClamroch, Indiana University

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Thursday, November 4, 2010
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Two decades ago when electronic journals were being considered by libraries, many librarians wondered if it was a format that would take off and be accepted by patrons. Not only did e-journals succeed, for many libraries one question that continues to be discussed is whether maintaining redundant print journal subscriptions is sustainable or necessary. Some of the factors evaluated by libraries are the costs of maintaining current and archival print subscriptions as well as the level of confidence in having perpetual access to electronic holdings. Drawing on a study of over seventy academic libraries in Indiana, this paper will examine the reasons why, in general, we are seeing academic libraries make an ongoing shift toward electronic journals and away from print journals. Using data collected from a survey as well as interviews with library administrators, the decision-making process at college and university libraries in Indiana will be discussed. The libraries in the study are both private and public and range from a seminary with an enrollment of 100 to ARL research institutions with enrollments of over 40,000. Drawing on the principles and practices of these libraries, attendees will learn about models to consider as they address this issue at their home institutions. There will be time for the audience to ask questions and to share their local practices.

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    Moving from Print to Electronic Journals: A Study of Libraries at Indiana Colleges and Universities, by Jo McClamroch, Indiana University Moving from Print to Electronic Journals: A Study of Libraries at Indiana Colleges and Universities, by Jo McClamroch, Indiana University Presentation Transcript

    • MOVING FROM PRINT TO ELECTRONIC JOURNALSA STUDY OF LIBRARIES AT INDIANA COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES
      Jo McClamroch
      Indiana University
      Charleston Conference
      November 2010
    • BRIEF HISTORY
      Skepticism in the early days (1990’s)
      Do users really want this format?
      How “full” is full-text?
      Fluidity of titles in aggregators
      Permanent archival access
      Growing acceptance (early 2000’s)
      Demand and preference for electronic format increasing
      Availability of remote access improving
      More confidence that full-text is truly “full”
      But… is the cost to support two formats sustainable?
    • BRIEF HISTORY
      Recognition that electronic is here to stay (mid-2000’s)
      Increasing number of e-journals
      Questions re sustainability of maintaining dual-format
      Archival access ongoing concern
      Now what about print?
      Acceptance that use of electronic journals far surpasses use of print
      Growth in electronic publishing; publishers phasing out print versions
      Reliable archival access available via publishers, Portico, JSTOR
    • DEMOGRAPHICS
    • PRIVATE or PUBLIC
    • FTE ENROLLMENT
    • HIGHEST DEGREE OFFERED
    • DATA
    • TOTAL MATERIALS BUDGET
    • EXPENDITURE – PRINT JOURNALS
    • CURRENT SUBSCRIPTIONS – PRINT
    • EXPENDITURE FOR ELECTRONIC RESOURCES (INCLUDING E-JOURNALS)
    • DECISION MAKING – WHO
    • CANCELLATION –PRINT JOURNALS
    • CANCELLATION E-JOURNALS
    • DECISION MAKING – WHY
    • GENERAL CANCELLATION FACTORS
    • CANCEL PRINT WHEN INCLUDED IN AGGREGATOR
    • SELECTED AGGREGATORS SUBSCRIBED
    • SUMMARY
      All libraries face the same issues and wrestle with the same concerns, “it’s just a matter of scale”
      Primary decision-makers are the same across libraries
      Librarians
      Faculty
      Library administrators
      Cancellation decisions based on same criteria across libraries
      Subscription cost
      Electronic preferred by students
      Redundancy
      Budget cuts
      Print used less than electronic
    • FINAL THOUGHTS
      Some concerns have not been resolved even after 20 years or more of discussion
      Complete confidence in archival access
      Perpetual access to content in titles previously available in aggregators
      Cooperative collection development (either within or across consortia)
      Enduring issues
      Rising subscription costs outstrip budgets
      Space for bound journals is shrinking
      Need to repurpose library stack areas for new programs/initiatives
      Not practical to keep building more and more off-site storage facilities
      Future concerns?