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A serials librarian presents the pros and cons of print and electronic versions of a University of Chicago Press journal to her department.

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Serials decisioncomparingajs pringandelectronic

  1. 1. Comparing Print and ElectronicAmerican Journal of Sociology LIS 733 Serials Management Kimberly A. Reed February 15, 2010
  2. 2. Content• Founded in 1895, the American Journal of Sociology is one of the oldest scholarly journals in Sociology in the United States. It is a core publication for the science and discipline of Sociology. All issues of AJS include articles, an extensive book review section, and occasionally current debate sections between scholars.• http://www.journals.uchicago.edu/loi/ajs/
  3. 3. Formal Content• The formal electronic and print content of AJS are identical accept for the advertising in the print version. Block print ads for journals, publishers and workshops are located in separate pages at the back of the journal.
  4. 4. Browsing and “play”• Browsing is different between the electronic and print versions of the journal. This has a direct impact on the user’s style of use or “play”.• I look at the print cover for the articles and authors. I can quickly browse the journal, select a title and open the journal to get into the beginning or the middle of it. I can thumb to the back to see the references that the author cites.• I may open two volumes and lay them side by side.
  5. 5. • Technically, you can do everything in the electronic version that I have described in the print.• You cannot set two journals side by side, and you can only work with one journal at a time. Toggling between screens is distracting rather than playful.• The search engine in JSTOR will bring up an article or book review indexed by author name or title, but you need to know who or what subject you are looking for to efficiently use an online index.• Electronic indexes do not like people who tilt at windmills.
  6. 6. Availability• Available in print, in electronic format, in microform, and electronically online through several large commercial indexes, including JSTOR, CSA with Proquest Full Text, EBSCO, H.W. Wilson, and Wilson Omni file.• JSTOR offers all issues of AJS from 1895-2004. Other indexes offer archives of issues closer to the present date: EBSCO Academic Abstracts Full Text Ultra 3/1/90 to one year ago, H.W. Wilson Omni File 1982-2007, Wilson SocSci Full Text Journals 3/1/1997 to present.
  7. 7. JSTOR Prices for Arts & Sciences I• Arts and Sciences I (bundle of 121 titles in 21 disciplines) tiers:• Small colleges start at $3000 and range to $20,000.• Medium colleges the price is $4000 ranging to $25,000.• Large colleges and universities pay $6500 to $35,000.• Very large institutions are charged $8500 up to $45,000.
  8. 8. JSTOR Price to ”for-profit”Price to a “for profit” corporation or educational institution is $9,000 per year in Year 1, $11,000 in Year 2, $12,500 in Year 3, and $12,500 for Years 4-6.JSTOR is now adding an “Archive Capital Fee”, a one-time fee of $5000 aimed at “ensuring the long term preservation, upgrading and enhancement of scholarly materials in the JSTOR archive.”
  9. 9. AJS Subscription Prices Per Year Unlimited Perpetual Access PlanUSERS: 1/ 2-999/1000-2999+• $346./NA/NA Print Only Domestic US to Institutions• $377.30/NA/NA Print Only Canada to Institutions• $368./NA/NA Print Only Elsewhere to Institutions• $397/450/532 Print and Electronic Combined Domestic US• $430.85/486.50/572.60 Print and Electronic Combined to Canada• $419/472/554 Print and Electronic Combined Elsewhere
  10. 10. Serial Librarian’s Decision• Relevant to the type of library and the audience for the AJS.• A large University or college research library would be expected to have both print and online or electronic access to a journal that is part of Sociology’s core of knowledge. Such a library would probably subscribe to JSTOR.• A smaller college library or community college library designed to serve a teaching faculty and student body may find the space savings and convenience of the electronic only AJS appropriate for their audience.
  11. 11. Dependency? Is it safe?• Increasing dependency on corporations and commercial interests to support the construction and maintenance of the virtual world; JSTOR archive of AJS articles appears reliable over time.• The AJS is a valuable “brand” in Sociology. This brand is now bundled. Is it bundled safely against the winds of change? Can you afford to drop a bundle? Choice structure should remain open.• Subscription fees for online indexes are high and tied to bundles that we cannot break. Select?
  12. 12. SourcesULRICHSWEB GLOBAL SERIALS DIRECTORY. Accessed online through Dominican University Crown Library Indexes on February 13, 2010 athttp://ulrichsweb.com.ezproxy.dom.edu/ulrichswe b/Search/fullCitation.asp?tab=1&cxxhs=0450359 50986488&navPage=1&serial_uid=41703&issn=0 0029602&cxxhs=045035950986488.University of Chicago Press, Customer Service Representative, Telephone Inquiry to Confirm Website Information, February 15, 2010. Telephone (773) 753-3347

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