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Re: Sage titles

I did not mean to criticise OCLC's service or interface, both of which I
consider excellent. Alas, their pricing scheme is such as to encourage
libraries to buy their whole range of service, and discourage those who
don't. For those institutions who rely heavily on First Search, their
journal interface might be a good choice.

David Goodman
Biology Librarian, and
Co-Chair, Electronic Journals Task Force
Princeton University Library
dgoodman@princeton.edu         http://www.princeton.edu/~biolib/
phone: 609-258-3235            fax: 609-258-2627


nbaum@notes.cc.sunysb.edu wrote:
> At SUNY Stony Brook we are getting web access to ejournals from a variety
> of intermediaries as well as directly from the publishers for some titles.
> Although in some cases there is an access charge, that's true for direct
> access from some publishers who do not deal with intermediaries. One
> benefit we get from our subscription to ejournals from OCLC's Electronic
> Collections Online is the linking from FirstSearch database results to
> full text of their journals that we subscribe to.
> Also, if you subscribe to journals directly from a variety of publishers,
> don't you have to deal with different interfaces for each publisher?
> I guess what it comes down to, in part, is that we're all (and I include
> publishers and intermediaries in this group) trying different approaches
> which is as it should be at this relatively early stage of electronic
> publishing. It's still too early to say which way is best and, of course,
> different institutions will come to different conclusions based on their
> requirements.  One advantage of a list like this is that we can see what
> others are doing and get, in some cases, reassurances that we're not
> totally off track, and in other cases, ideas of how to do things better.
> Nathan Baum
> Digital Resources Librarian
> Melville Library
> SUNY Stony Brook
> Stony Brook, New York  11794-3331
> Voice: 631.632.9959
> Fax: 631.632.1375
> E-mail: nathan.baum@sunysb.edu