January 18, 2021

New Journal Article (Preprint): “Rethinking the Subscription Paradigm for Journals: Using Interlibrary Loan in Collection Development for Serials”

The following accepted for publication preprint is scheduled for final publication in the May 2018 issue of C&RL (College & Research Libraries)

Title

Rethinking the Subscription Paradigm for Journals: Using Interlibrary Loan in Collection Development for Serials

Authors

Gail Perkins Barton
University of Memphis

George E. Relyea
University of Memphis

Steven A. Knowlton
University of Memphis

Source

via C&RL Website

Abstract

Many librarians evaluate local Interlibrary Loan (ILL) statistics in order to affect collection development decisions concerning new subscriptions.

In this study, the authors examine whether the number of ILL article requests received in one academic year can predict the use of those same journal titles once added to library resources. There is little correlation between ILL requests for individual titles and their later use as subscribed titles. However, there is strong correlation between ILL requests within a subject category and later use of subscribed titles in that subject category. An additional study examining the sources from which patrons made ILL requests shows that database search results, not journal titles, dominate.

These results call into question the need for libraries to subscribe to individual journal titles rather than providing access to a broad array of articles.

Direct to Full Text Article (Preprint)
37 pages; PDF.

About Gary Price

Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.

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