Purpose– The purpose of this article is to provide insights and commentary into issues encountered in maintaining and assessing library technologies and technology-based services with limited budgets and with limited personnel. Design/methodology/approach– It uses usage data to illustrate effects of a conversion of a single journal title from print to electronic format. Findings– The conversion of a print journal subscription to electronic access resulted in a substantial decrease in cost per use despite an increase in overall subscription cost. Originality/value– This paper examines the effects of acquiring current electronic content based upon usage of a single, high use embargoed journal title in an aggregator package. Differences between print and electronic usage and cost per use are described in detail.
The Bottom Line: Managing Library Finances – Emerald Publishing
Published: Nov 25, 2014