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October 2021

Promises and challenges of electronic journals: academic libraries surveyed

Journal/Book: Learn Publ. 2000; 13: South House, the Street Worthing, W Sussex BN13 3Uu, England. Assoc Learned Professional Soc Publ. 169-175.

Abstract: In spring 1997, a questionnaire was mailed to 95 major academic libraries in the United States to explore how serials librarians are responding to the boom of electronic journals (e-journals). Fifty librarians (52.6%) answered the survey with one follow-up. The study found that over 70% of the libraries that returned the survey had participated in e-journal-related activities. Questions relating to 'acccss' were consistently ranked high in explaining why librarians in major academic libraries think e journals are valuable, yet 'cost' seems to be a critical factor in determining e-journal adoption. For most of the libraries surveyed, the figure for e-journals appears modest, although some institutions claimed to have more than 1,100 titles in their e-journal collections.

Note: Article Chu HT, Long Isl Univ, Palmer Sch Lib & Informat Sci, CW Post Campus, Brookville,NY 11548 USA

Keyword(s): SERIALS

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