Presentation on theme: "Evaluating the Risks & Benefits of Going E-only UNY Science Librarians Meeting Oct. 21, 2005 A. Ben Wagner, Sciences Librarian Science."— Presentation transcript:
Evaluating the Risks & Benefits of Going E-only UNY Science Librarians Meeting Oct. 21, 2005 A. Ben Wagner, Sciences Librarian firstname.lastname@example.org Science & Engineering Library UB Arts and Sciences Libraries
E-only journals – The Issues Print-electronic version equivalence Continuing access/archival rights Fair use/’walk in’ use/ILL Cost savings Reliability/Backup (mirror sites, 3 rd party archive, escrow arrangements)
Approach 1 – Semi-Quantitative Form 1 Quick Screen Form Two “show stoppers” –Does publisher offer e-only option? –Is there at least a small cost savings? Ownership of content options Assurance of continued access to content (esp. if subs. cancelled at future date)
Approach 1– Semi-quantitative Form 2 Column 1: 13 criteria Column 2: Point weights for criteria Column 3-5: Safe, ‘Iffy’, Unsafe Each institution/librarian should customize weights to their situation.
Approach 2 - Descriptive Discussed at an ASL-wide meeting. General decision - go e-only or not. Subject selectors could select specific titles to “opt-out” of going e-only. A brief justification required to “opt- out”.
Reference - Going E-only Generally same criteria, but different weights. Continuing access less important – most reference works become dated. Ease-of-use/navigation/search tools for work much more important. Use restrictions more important. Upfront vs. annual pricing models.
The Rock and the Hard Place Given library budgets: Going to e-only reference means wider access/more use of fewer works, versus Staying with print means more resources, but less use/access.
One more tool - Analyze SciFinder, Web of Knowledge, & EI Village II – analyze by journal name Identify journals your dept./organization publishes in. For a given subject, what journals your library should have. What journals you can cancel.