Uses of Necessity or Uses of Convenience? What Usage Statistics Reveal and Conceal About Electronic Serials

Medeiros, Norm . Uses of Necessity or Uses of Convenience? What Usage Statistics Reveal and Conceal About Electronic Serials., 2007 In: Usage Statistics of E-Serials. Haworth Press, pp. 233-243. [Book chapter]


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Electronic serials (e-serials) have had a profound effect on technical and collection services in most academic libraries. E-serials circumvent traditional serials control practices; they force libraries to rely on publishers and third parties for archiving, and most pertinent to this volume, they relocate from libraries to e-serials providers the responsibility for measuring use. The disaggregation of “big deals” makes the collection and analysis of usage statistics especially important activities. Often uses of e-serials merely meet professorial requirements, rather than satisfy an information need, with no ability for libraries to distinguish between the two. Furthermore, the cost-per-use calculation performed by libraries to determine whether subscription or article-on-demand purchasing is the more fiscally-prudent option is fraught with error. A new means of calculating these figures must be developed.

Item type: Book chapter
Keywords: electronic journals ; e-journals ; electronic serials ; e-serials ; usage statistics
Subjects: B. Information use and sociology of information > BA. Use and impact of information.
H. Information sources, supports, channels. > HN. e-journals.
Depositing user: Norm Medeiros
Date deposited: 21 Jan 2008
Last modified: 02 Oct 2014 12:10


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