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1 Evaluating the Risks & Benefits of Going E-only UNY Science Librarians Meeting Oct. 21, 2005 A. Ben Wagner, Sciences Librarian Science & Engineering Library UB Arts and Sciences Libraries

2 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)

3 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)

4 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.

5 Approach 2 - Descriptive 1-2 page document for each publisher  Content  Quality  License/Vendor/Publisher/Tech Requirements  Access  Archiving  Notes

6 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”.

7 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.

8 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.

9 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.

10 SciFinder Analyze Carbon Nanotubes 1. Jpn. Kokai Tokkyo Koho Carbon Phys. Rev. B: Condens. Matter Mat Los Alamos Prepr. Arch. Cond. Matt J. Phys. Chem. B U.S. Pat. Appl. Publ Appl. Phys. Lett PCT Int. Appl. 156

11 SciFinder Analyze Carbon Nanotubes 9) Chem. Phys. Lett ) Abstracts, 227th ACS Nat. Mtg ) Abstracts, 229th ACS Nat. Mtg ) Nano Lett ) Phys. Rev. Lett ) Diamond Relat. Mater ) J. Am. Chem. Soc ) AIP Conf. Proc. 98


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