FIGHTING YOUR WAY THROUGH THE ELECTRONIC JUNGLE Who
FIGHTING YOUR WAY THROUGH THE ELECTRONIC JUNGLE Who manages e-journals? Alan Hopkinson Head of Library Systems, Middlesex University Target of presentation
Managers of library services who dont believe how difficult it is to provide constant and reliable access to e-journals Those at the coal-face implementing access to e-journals The e-Environment The tasks to be done
Who should do them? Middlesex University Information and Learning Resource Services 12 campuses 6 periodicals assistants on campuses 1 Senior Serials Librarian 1 Serials Cataloguer Systems Team (4 staff)
Athens administrator and CHEST contracts Around 20 Subject Librarians Journal suppliers: EBSCO and Divine The e-Environment e-journals (mostly) on remote computers freely available born digital
free access for subscribers to hard copy conditional access to subscribers provided through packages Particular problems Packages: do we catalogue everything? Value added services:
searching through journal articles access to publishers websites how can we explain to the users that we cant supply everything they can find The e-Environment players Publishers anxious for financial return
dealing with a new medium not always competent in hardware and software may host their own journals or on hosts Librarians new role as intermediaries Users high expectations remote access
e-Environment: policing Methodologies for controlling access IP authentication (for one computer or a range) Athens individual password charging via Credit Card
Tasks to be done: access Provide a route to the e-journal via: catalogue (http://library.mdx.ac.uk) journals list (http://www.ilrs.mdx.ac.uk/) other database (http://www.isis.mdx.ac.uk/iah/eresources.htm)
BUT What to include? Tasks to be done: enabling Inform journal hosts range of IP addresses entitlement of journal titles (by volume)
Who does these tasks (I) Correcting inaccessible / chargeable serials Systems Team with help from Serials Librarian and serials assistants (who find a PID on a wrapper) Enabling access to journal hosts
Systems Team (some only available at certain sites) Who does these tasks (II) Finding bad links - users enquiry desks; systems team run programs http://validator.w3.org/checklink
Correcting bad links in catalogue, lists and database Serials cataloguer; library webmaster; library systems team Who should do these tasks Electronic resources librarian
? What I have not mentioned Purchasing of e-journals Help from consolidators Other software packages useful for making serials accessible
Moving from print to electronic Thank you for your attention!
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