Free Content Print to electronic: measuring the operational and economic implications of an electronic journal collection

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This paper reports the methodology and initial results of an Institute for Library and Information Studies (IMLS)-funded research study of the operational and economic impact of an academic library's migration to an all-electronic journal collection. Initial results of measuring staff time indicate Information Services and Systems Operation departments constitute the majority of personnel costs for electronic journals. Technical Services and Circulation account for the majority of staff costs for print journals. Per title subscription costs appear to be substantially lower for electronic titles obtained through aggregator collections.

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1087/09531510252848908

Publication date: April 1, 2002

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