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ERIC Number: ED364230
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Mar
Pages: 12
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Meeting Serials Requirements of Accrediting Agencies through Electronic Databases: An Exploratory Study.
McCallon, Mark
The availability of serials through databases has provided libraries with a new format for acquiring information. The extent to which the growth in electronic databases can help the librarian control costs while meeting the demand of accrediting agencies was studied through an exploratory survey of the 48 specialized accrediting agencies of the Council on Postsecondary Education listed in two major directories. Thirty-nine agencies responded, and most indicated that no specific serials were stated as recommended or required in their accreditation standards. Most accrediting agencies depend on the visiting committee to identify and check the serials deemed necessary for effective program implementation. Six agencies did indicate that some serials are required or strongly recommended, identifying 61 serials. Most serials were found to be readily available in databases, and the potential cost savings of acquiring them through databases was found to be considerable even after online costs are estimated. This exploration indicates that libraries might profitably make more extensive use of serials in electronic format. Three tables present study findings. (Contains 10 references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Language: English
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