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Re: Highwire Free Online Access Cole, Louise (18 Mar 2009 18:40 UTC)

Re: Highwire Free Online Access Cole, Louise 18 Mar 2009 18:40 UTC

Hi Pam

I wouldn't necessarily.  Although Highwire backfiles have been
reasonably stable, there have been instances where things completely
changed and access was lost.  So I wouldn't risk it unless it was for
something we'd licensed and/or subscribed to.

Regards
Louise

Louise Cole
Senior Information Advisor (Collections)
Nightingale Centre, Kingston Hill Campus
Kingston University
Kingston upon Thames
Surrey
KT2 7LB

Email louise.cole@kingston.ac.uk
Telephone 020 8417 5383
Fax 020 8417 5312

-----Original Message-----
From: SERIALST: Serials in Libraries Discussion Forum
[mailto:SERIALST@list.uvm.edu] On Behalf Of O'Brien, Pamela
Sent: 18 March 2009 18:07
To: SERIALST@LIST.UVM.EDU
Subject: [SERIALST] Highwire Free Online Access

Hi all,

I am wondering how many libraries out there have (or would consider)
discarding the print holdings of titles that are available free through
Highwire.  I am not sure if these journals are technically open access.

The Highwire journals I am referring to are the titles where "all
articles" are accessible but usually with an embargo period of 3-12
months.

In the past we have not discarded print holdings unless we purchased a
backfile and knew they would be available in perpetuity, however,
because of the possibility of our bound journal area being greatly
reduced we are looking for other options.

Would you rely on Highwire access to be available "forever"?

Thank you!
Pam

Pamela L. O'Brien
Library Assistant
Biomedical Library
St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
901-595-3389

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