Re: Decoding e-access Susan Davis 08 Oct 2008 16:06 UTC

Ditto to Louise's welcome to what I will call the "wacky" world of
e-resources, God love 'em.

As others have stated your subscription vendors can be of great assistance
in helping you work through pricing models and access rights. Still, you
may also find some of the "entitlement" terms in your licenses.  Do you
have a file of license agreements and terms and conditions documents that
govern your institution's use of a particular e-resource?  If not, you need
to start one.

Many publishers do post their access policies on their websites--sometimes
in a price list or on a general page about subscriptions. There is often a
general policy, such as Sage's, whereby a current online subscription
entitles you to access content from 1999 to date. Older content may be
purchased or leased.  Cambridge University Press and Oxford University
Press usually grant you access to 1997 to date.  Sometimes you only have
access to the specific years you pay for (like Haworth Press before they
become part of informaworld).

Develop a network of helpful contacts in the field that can help you work
through these questions. You already know a lot from handling print so you
have a head start on a true newbie.

Fasten your seatbelt and enjoy the ride!  Your sense of humor will help you
get through a lot of rough days.


Susan Davis
Electronic Resources Acquisitions Librarian
University at Buffalo (SUNY)
134 Lockwood Library
Buffalo, NY  14260-2210
(716) 645-2784
(716) 645-5955 fax

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--On Wednesday, October 08, 2008 4:05 PM +0100 "Cole, Louise"
<Louise.Cole@KINGSTON.AC.UK> wrote:

> I'd just say 'welcome to the wonderful world of e-resource management'.
> I tell my e-access newbies that one issue/question always breeds
> another, everything has a long back history, and you need a long memory!
> On the dates we simply have to go in and check; not always that easy
> unless the vendor has helpfully put an icon in to assist us, but
> necessary.  On who provides access - sometimes Googling the title
> provides the answer if it isn't obvious (never found a quicker way,
> really!), or remembering who does what and why and when.
> It's all a wonderful muddle and fun to unravel ... good luck!
> Louise
> Louise Cole
> Senior Information Advisor (Collections)
> Nightingale Centre, Kingston Hill Campus
> Kingston University
> Kingston upon Thames
> Surrey
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> -----Original Message-----
> From: SERIALST: Serials in Libraries Discussion Forum
> [] On Behalf Of Skwor, Jeanette
> Sent: 08 October 2008 15:28
> Subject: [SERIALST] Decoding e-access
> We are newbies to e-access work.
> I have always handled the paper end, the paying, shelving, claiming,
> binding, tracking, processing, etc etc etc end.
> Now I am being asked such questions as, "Who is providing access?"  "Has
> access changed?" (when we changed from a print & online subscription to
> an online only).  "What dates are we supposed to have access to?"
> I don't know.  I've never had to know.  I'm being told, just look
> online, the info will be there.  I am not finding it.
> How do those of you who do this, do it?
> Jeanette L. Skwor
> Serials Dept., Cofrin Library
> University of WI-Green Bay
> 2420 Nicolet Drive
> Green Bay, WI  54311-7003
> "Libraries will get you through times of no money better than money will
> get you through times of no libraries."
>                               Anne Herbert, The Whole Earth Catalog
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