Going Online: Academic Libraries and the Move from Print to Electronic Journals
Academic libraries are increasing the number of electronic journals (e-journals) in their collections. While patrons enjoy access to articles with the click of a button, librarians face the complex process of implementing and maintaining e-journal subscriptions. This study discusses the results of a survey of academic librarians that details the problems and concerns that arise during an e-journal project, the issues that persist throughout e-journal acquisition and management, and the phases in which these problems arise. The study found that librarians considering a switch to electronic access must be prepared to face continuing problems with access, archiving, cost, staffing/workflow, and technology. The study also indicates a lack of consensus between the different levels of administration regarding problems and concerns with e-journal management, suggesting a need for better administrative communication.
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