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RE: Online journal statistics

Dear Librarians,

The long-term effects of using short-term usage statistics for making
collection decisions need to be carefully thought through. I hope I don't
sound too self-serving by saying this, but usage can be affected by lots
of different things besides quality of content (such as lack of good
marketing by the publisher, and lack of good marketing by the library to
users within the institution).

Best wishes,

Janet Fisher
Associate Director for Journals Publishing
The MIT Press
Five Cambridge Center
Cambridge, MA 02142-1493 USA
Phone: 617-253-2864
Fax: 617-258-5028
E-mail: jfisher@mit.edu