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Comparison of usage data of a print journal title versus electronic counterpart

Comparison of usage data of a print journal title versus electronic counterpart 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. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Bottom Line: Managing Library Finances Emerald Publishing

Comparison of usage data of a print journal title versus electronic counterpart

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Emerald Publishing
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Copyright © Emerald Group Publishing Limited
ISSN
0888-045X
DOI
10.1108/BL-10-2014-0025
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Abstract

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.

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The Bottom Line: Managing Library FinancesEmerald Publishing

Published: Nov 25, 2014

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