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|Other Titles: ||The impact of collection on serials subscription in library|
|Authors: ||葉譓歆;Yeh, Hui-hsin|
|Keywords: ||合集;電子資源;期刊採購;Collection;Electronic Resources;Serials Subscription|
|Issue Date: ||2010-01-11 05:09:12 (UTC+8)|
Libraries are facing four major obstacles in serial subscription at present: the shortage of funds, the rising cost of serials, the rapid development of electronic resources, and the pressure of academic evaluation. In order to solve these problems, libraries have to find the way to acquire a great number of serial with limited funds to meet evaluation standards. Collections have become increasingly important to library since collections consist of a large amount of journal titles. In fact, collection helps libraries to get “one-stop shopping” to fit their needs, but the overlap journals between collections causes extraneous expenses.
The purpose of this study is to explore the impact of collection on serials subscription. By literature review, the study recognizes the development and characteristics of collection in the first place. Then, the categories of academic and business collections offered by EBSCO, Gale and ProQuest are analyzed by their size, embargos, journals overlap, stability, and journals quality. A questionnaire was developed based on the previous analysis and was conducted with 21 university libraries in Taiwan by interview to obtain the emphasis of serials subscribing and library users’ comcerns.
The following conclusions of the study are divided into two aspects:
First of all, the results of comparing of six collections:
1. Academic collections, ASP, ARL and Onefile, with comprehensive subject, the analysis results are as follows:
(1) The size of Onefile is the largest in terms of numbers of journals covered, including the full-text and archived journals.
(2) ASP provides the most numbers of embargoed journals.
(3) Onefile has the most numbers of same titles counted as more than once. ARL provides the most same titles with other collection. Therefore it is more replaceable.
(4) ASP, ARL, and Onefile all have the full-text gaps. ASP comes with the most instability of content.
(5) ASP covers the highest quality journals.
2. Business collections include ABI/INFO, BCRC, and BSP. The comparison results are as follows:
(1) BSP provides the most numbers of full-text journals, and BCRC offers the most titles of archived journals.
(2) The numbers of embargoed journals of BSP are the most among all, and the ratio of embargoing over 180 days is 93%.
(3) The overlap rate of same journal title in ABI/INFO is the highest.
(4) BSP come with the most instability in the content, and BCRC is more noticed by its full-text gaps.
(5) Journals quality of BCRC is worse than ABI/INFO and BSP.
3. The findings of comparing the contents and services of aggregators’ collections are as follows:
(1) Data provided by EBSCO collections are the most correct, but Gale is adverse.
(2) Results of comparing different collections published by the same aggregator : the overlap rate between BCRC and Onefile is the highest, and Onefile almost can replace BCRC.
(3) System functions of EBSCO collections are more complete.
Second aspect: The impact of collection on single title subscription for library is limit, and the reasons are:
1. Some aggregators don’t allow cancellation of single titles while purchasing collection.
2. Single title subscritions are still the first priority for academic and research institutions, since the embargo in collection.
3. Libraries should concern the issues of core journals seriously. The collection can not represent a substitute for their print journal collections.
4. Requests of departments and graduate institutes for journal subscriptions are still important.
5. Users still have demand for print journals.
Based on the conclusions above, three suggestions are raised as follows:
1. Librarians have to response appropriately to the aggregators about the errors in collection, to prevent confusion to users.
2. Test and verify the accuracy of data with titles in collection through comparing print journals or individual electronic journal.
3. Overlap is not the only criteria for libraries to select the collection or single title.
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