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Developing and managing electronic journal collections : a how-to-do-it manual for librarians
Curtis, Donnelyn.
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New York : Neal-Schuman Publishers, [2000]

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xv, 267 pages . : illustrations ; 28 cm.
Introducing electronic journals -- Selection -- Technical issues -- Licensing and legal issues -- Order process -- Cataloging and access -- User services -- Predictions for electronic journals.
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Electronic journals now number in the thousands and their number is growing exponentially, changing the landscape of library collections. Here is a systematic guide through the acquisition, management, and successful integration of these unique new resources. Step-by-step guidelines are given for selection and acquisition, as well as the necessary technological and legal requirements for access, organization, and public services.

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The authors, all librarians at the University of Nevada, Reno, clearly write from hard-earned experience. They combine a solid overview of issues related to managing e-journals with practical, nuts-and-bolts tips to make the job easier. Chapters include an introduction to e-journals, selection, technical issues, licensing and legal issues, the order process, cataloging and access, user services, and predictions for the future. The book concludes with several useful appendixes, including two sample collection policies and step-by-step instructions for using Microsoft Excel and Microsoft Word to process and produce lists of e-journals. The authors explain each topic clearly and concisely, without assuming too much prior knowledge on the part of the reader. The book is surprisingly current, including developments as recent as March 2000Dan important consideration given that electronic journals are evolving rapidly. Though written primarily for academic libraries, this book would be useful for any library grappling with the vexing problem of managing e-journals.DJanet A. Crum, Oregon Health Sciences Univ. Lib., Portland (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

List of Figuresp. vii
Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Prefacep. xi
1 Introducing Electronic Journalsp. 1
Defining Electronic Journalsp. 1
The (R)evolution of Electronic Journalsp. 7
Features and Characteristics of Electronic Journalsp. 9
Benefits and Costs of Electronic Journalsp. 14
Archiving Electronic Journalsp. 19
Intermediaries and Access Optionsp. 26
Library Consortia and Electronic Journalsp. 30
Libraries and Electronic Journalsp. 35
2 Selectionp. 41
Rationale for Selectionp. 41
Responsibility for Selectionp. 42
Criteria for Selectionp. 44
Individual Titlesp. 48
Journal Packagesp. 57
Full-Text Aggregated Databasesp. 61
Selecting Access Optionsp. 63
Working with Consortiap. 66
Usage Statisticsp. 67
3 Technical Issuesp. 69
System Requirementsp. 69
Web Browsersp. 72
Plug-insp. 73
Access Management and Authenticationp. 74
Printing, Downloading, and E-mailingp. 84
URL Maintenancep. 86
Archivingp. 90
Performance Issuesp. 92
4 Licensing and Legal Issuesp. 95
Copyright and Fair Usep. 96
Contract Lawp. 98
Reviewing the Licensep. 98
Terms of the Licensep. 100
Negotiating Changesp. 111
Signing the Licensep. 112
A Model Licensep. 113
5 The Order Processp. 117
A New Routinep. 117
Pricing Considerationsp. 118
Role of the Vendorp. 122
Working with Consortiap. 125
Placing the Orderp. 134
Check-in and Claimingp. 139
Renewing Electronic Journal Subscriptionsp. 140
6 Cataloging and Accessp. 145
Introductionp. 145
Web Pagesp. 148
Web-Based Online Catalogp. 157
Full-Text Databasesp. 168
Navigationp. 183
Maintenancep. 188
Outsourcingp. 190
7 User Servicesp. 193
Introductionp. 193
Usersp. 193
Promoting Electronic Journalsp. 195
Alerting Servicesp. 199
User Educationp. 201
Electronic Reservesp. 203
Interlibrary Loanp. 211
Evaluating Electronic Journal Servicesp. 211
8 Predictions for Electronic Journalsp. 215
Standards and Interoperabilityp. 216
Formatsp. 218
Customized Servicesp. 220
Alternatives to Electronic Journalsp. 222
Keeping Up with Developmentsp. 223
Appendix A Glossaryp. 229
Appendix B Sample Electronic Journal Collection Policiesp. 237
Appendix C Comparing Database Source Listsp. 241
Appendix D Creating a "Full-Text Master List"p. 247
Appendix E Electronic Journal Spreadsheetp. 255
Indexp. 261
About the Authorsp. 267