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ERIC Number: ED410982
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-May
Pages: 23
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Shrinking Budgets and Changing Formats: Journal Use Studies and Comparisons of Journal Indexing Databases.
Nowick, Elaine; Breckbill, Anita; Cassner, Mary
As serials budgets shrink, serial prices increase, and journal titles continue to proliferate, libraries are challenged to better assess and fulfill users' information needs. Changing formats complicate the situation while better indexing and abstracting services make patrons more aware of the vast literature available. This study examines several ways to assess users' needs at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln libraries. In the journal use study, usage was surveyed using three methods: circulation counts of found volumes, reshelving counts of current periodicals, and citation analysis. Although most correlations among journal use measures were significant, they were not high enough in most cases to rely upon any one as the sole measure of journal popularity with confidence. Journal usage measures can provide important information to supplement, confirm, or cause questioning of more subjective judgments of the value of a journal subscription to users. Journal usage measures require considerable staff time and commitment and need to be done periodically as user needs change over time. A comparison of journal coverage and journal availability for several databases in agriculture and medicine is also discussed. Knowing the popularity of individual journals and having an idea of the titles covered by indexes enables a librarian to determine which method of access to use in this time of shrinking budgets and changing formats. (Author/SWC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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