Re: Are Journals in JSTOR Current Serials? Dan Lester 23 Aug 2007 19:16 UTC

Hello Dennis,

I don't know what it says now, but if you're in a library that has
explicitly CANCELLED titles because they are in a database (and that
reinstates them should they be dropped from the database) it would be
very misleading to NOT count them.  In many cases it would look like
you'd dropped a quarter or a half of your subscriptions.

Of course I know that many libraries interpret those numbers, and all
others, however they want.  Most particularly they interpret them the
way that "they've always done that".  If they do the numbers
consistently within the library, they can compare year to year, but if
you're comparing one library against another it is very risky to make
much of it unless you know how both of them counted things: reference
questions, door count, circulations, subscriptions, etc, etc.


Thursday, August 23, 2007, 8:20:41 AM, you wrote:

> The instructions for line 26 of the 2003 Academic Libraries Survey
> stated: "Do not count the titles included in full-text article databases
> such as Lexis-Nexis, ABI/INFORM." One assumes this still pertains though
> not explicitly stated.

Best regards,