ERIC Number: ED234810
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1983-Jun-10
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The Use of the Journal Access Service and Its Implications for Journal Selection at the Center for Research Libraries.
Lewis, David W.
In order to develop guidelines for the selection of journals by the Center for Research Libraries, a study was done of the use made of the Center's Journal Access Services (JAS), which supplies photocopies of journal articles to member institutions from the Center's collections and from the British Library Lending Division (BLLD). Based on a sample group of 1,010 journal titles from the 1976/77 "Ulrich's International Periodical Directory," it was found that most of the journal use came from a very few titles, that over 70% of the titles used were published in English, and that over 50% of the titles used were in the areas of science and technology. The study indicates the existence of a class of journals which require regular use by the research library community but are not frequently held by its members. This document describes similar BLLD use studies, journal selection models, predictors of future journal use, and study methodology and results. It is concluded that the Center can play a significant role in a cooperative journals acquisitions program by selecting journals that are indexed; published outside the United States, Canada or the United Kingdom; and held by no more than 25 academic libraries in the United States, but held by at least two libraries. It is also recommended that titles that have been used be given priority over those that have not. A 51-item bibliography is provided. (ESR)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Sponsor: Council on Library Resources, Inc., Washington, DC.
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