Re: To bind or not to bind (David Goodman) ERCELAA@ctrvax.Vanderbilt.Edu 14 May 1999 15:43 UTC

Date: Fri, 14 May 1999 10:34:51 -0400
From: David Goodman <dgoodman@PRINCETON.EDU>
Subject: Re: To bind or not to bind (Jeanette Skwor)

I like most librarian still have no settled decision on this. We are clearly
in a transitory period, and the simplest though not the cheapest thing to do
is to continue to regard the paper as archival. I personally (and I know that
some or most of my colleagues here do not share my view on this) am willing to
a. regard the electronic as archival if securely maintained by a permanent
trusted  organization (and I do not regard any of the commercial publishers,
even the largest, as suitable in this context because it is impossible to be
sure of future business considerations, however responsible their current
policy may be). Whether J-Stor and other such organizations are secure enough
for this may still be an open question.
b. for widely held journals which are not in one of our key fields of
concentration, rely on the electronic for access as long as it is obvious that
many libraries are maintaining the paper (the assumption here is that those
libraries whose key field of concentration it is will regard archival access
as their responsibility.)
I emphasize again that this is my personal view only: most academic librarians
I know think of it as insufficiently cautious and indicative of an
inappropriately computer-oriented frame of mind (and some advocates of
e-journals regard it as excessively cautious and indicative of a traditional
library frame of mind).

> Date: Thu, 13 May 1999 14:10:14 -0500
> From: Jeanette Skwor <skworj@GBMS01.UWGB.EDU>
> Subject: Re: To bind or not to bind? (Iris Anderson)
> ***We are also just beginning to access JSTOR, I am very interested in
> this topic, and would appreciate being included in the discussion.  Just
> a note to say I hope it will be more onlist than off.
> ***Thank you.
> Jeanette Skwor
> Cofrin Library, UWGB

David Goodman
Biology Librarian, Princeton University Library
phone: 609-258-3235            fax: 609-258-2627

[Editor's note: JSTOR is a digitized journal storage project. See]