Print journal holdings in two Canadian consortial projects

Waller, Andrew Print journal holdings in two Canadian consortial projects. Journal of access services, 2003, vol. 1, n. 3, pp. 25-44. [Journal article (Paginated)]


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The Canadian university library members of two consortial e-journal arrangements were surveyed to determine how many of the corresponding print journals had been cancelled as a result of participation in the online packages. The survey results indicated that the number of current print subscriptions held by the libraries had notably decreased. This paper discusses this loss of print and presents two options, with examples, for dealing with the archiving of print journals, Distributed Print Archiving and Back-up Repositories. The question of whether anything really needs to be done is also addressed.

Item type: Journal article (Paginated)
Keywords: Journal consortia, Electronic journals, Archival repositories, Journal cancellations
Subjects: J. Technical services in libraries, archives, museum. > JH. Digital preservation.
D. Libraries as physical collections. > DD. Academic libraries.
H. Information sources, supports, channels. > HE. Print materials.
H. Information sources, supports, channels. > HN. e-journals.
J. Technical services in libraries, archives, museum. > JF. Paper preservation.
Depositing user: Andrew Waller
Date deposited: 09 Sep 2006
Last modified: 02 Oct 2014 12:04


1. Among other articles, see:

Carol Hansen Montgomery. “’Fast Track’” Transition to an Electronic Journal Collection: A Case Study,” New Library World 101/7 (2000): 294-303. <> [1/6/03]

Carol Hansen Montgomery and JoAnne L. Sparks. “The Transition to an Electronic Journal Collection,” Serials Review 26/3 (October 2000): 4-18.

<> (27/11/00) [1/6/03]

Brian Kenney. “Drexel’s (Almost) All-E-Journal Collection,” Library Journal 127/17 (Fall 2002): 4.

Carol Hansen Montgomery and Donald W. King. “Comparing Library and User Related Costs of Print and Electronic Journal Collections,” D-Lib Magazine 8/10 (October, 2002) <> [1/6/03]

Donald W. King and Carol Hansen Montgomery. “After Migration to an Electronic Journal Collection,” D-Lib Magazine 8/12 (December, 2002)

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2. Web of Science from the Institute of Scientific Information (ISI) was also part of phase one of CNSLP. Phase two was an agreement for access to Elsevier’s ScienceDirect journals and came into force in January 2003. More information about CNSLP is located at <>.

3. Christa Easton. “Doubly Bold – Replacing Print Journals With Electronic Versions,” Serials Review 27/3-4, (2001), 91-101.

4. Among others, some articles dealing with print cancellation projects include:

Nancy Sprague and Mary Beth Chambers. “Full-Text Databases and the Journal Cancellation Process,” Serials Review 26/3 (October 2000), 19-31.

<> [1/6/03]

Karen Rupp-Serano, Sarah Robbins, and Danielle Cain. “Canceling Print Serials in Favor of Electronic: Criteria for Decision-Making,” Library Collections, Acquisitions, and Technical Services 26/4 (Winter 2002), 369-378. <> [1/21/03]

Sulekha Kalayan. “Non-Renewal of Print Journal Subscriptions That Duplicate

Titles in Selected Electronic Databases: A Case Study,” Library Collections, Acquisitions, and Technical Services 26/4 (Winter 2002), 409-421.

<> [1/21/03]

5. Jonathan Nabe. “E-Journal Bundling and Its Impact on Academic Libraries: Some Early Results,” Issues in Science and Technology Librarianship 30 (Spring 2001) 30 <> [1/6/03]

6. The University of Calgary was a partner in a distributed print archiving arrangement with other members of the Council of Prairie and Pacific University Libraries (COPPUL) in the late 1980s and early 1990s. The arrangement fell apart as journal prices rose steeply in the early years of that decade. Journal costs overcome the commitment to retention.

7. More information about LOCKSS can be found at <>

8. Donnelyn Curtis, Virginia M. Scheschy, and Adolfo R. Tarango. Developing and Managing Electronic Journal Collections: A How-to-do-it Manual for Librarians, No. 102-New York: Neal Schuman Publishers, 2000.

9. At the time of writing, the author was waiting for the arrival of a DVD of the back-file content of the 59 Kluwer Law International journals that were sold to Aspen Publishers in August 2002. The University of Calgary Library had a license to this material, with a “perpetual access” clause. How usable this DVD is going to be is unknown.

10. A summary of the Human Immunology situation is: T. Scott Plutchak. “Sands Shifting Beneath Our Feet,” Journal of the American Medical Association 90/2 (April 2002): 161-163. <> [5/7/02]

11. At the University of Calgary, anecdotal evidence suggests that micro products are clearly in 3rd place in terms of use after electronic and paper formats. Many patrons will simply not use microfilm or microfiche, even if it is the only format available.

12. Telephone conversation with Deb de Bruijn, Executive Director, CNSLP, and Ben Schmidt, Technical Director, CNSLP [6/12/02].


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