ERIC Number: ED459785
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Aug
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Use of Electronic Journals in OhioLINK's Electronic Journal Center.
Sanville, Thomas J.
With electronic desktop delivery of information, increased ease of access allows for greater information use than previously possible. The OhioLINK experience thus far is that improved ease of access has demonstrated the high elasticity in information usage. The first 36 months of operation of the OhioLINK Electronic Journal Center (EJC) is an exemplary illustration of the dramatic benefits of expanded access. Small and two-year colleges are also beneficiaries through first-time access to scholarly journals. The evolving and maturing usage analysis that is made possible with an electronic journal system will provide the basis for making rational, value-based decisions about electronic journal needs. This paper focuses on the measurement and evaluation of the use of electronic journals. Several charts and tables present statistics, including: percent of titles held in print at each university, total article downloads from EJC, weekly total article downloads, annual downloads by publisher, article download ranges of percentile title groups, distribution of title/article percents across six publishers, articles downloaded not held in print, two-year college print and EJC use, small university and college EJC use, and private and community colleges downloads. (MES)
Descriptors: Academic Libraries, Access to Information, Electronic Journals, Higher Education, Information Services, Journal Articles, Library Networks, Tables (Data), Use Studies
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Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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