We want to call your attention to an interesting study of the costs of
administering electronic journals. Carol Hansen Montgomery, Dean of
Libraries at Drexel University, received a grant from the U.S. Institute
for Museum and Library Services to measure the costs of administering
e-journals. She has been collecting staff time spent on "traditional"
and electronic journal-related activites for about a year and a half.
The analysis will be completed this Summer. The project web site is
http://www.library.drexel.edu/facts/imls/default.html. You can find an
overview in her article: "Measuring the Impact of an Electronic Journal
Collection on Library Costs: A Framework and Preliminary Observations."
D-Lib Magazine 6:10 (October 2000).
Basically, she believes that the costs are substantial. As stated in a
message on the liblicense-l electronic list (administered by Yale),
Drexel's library "found about four years ago that using our agent
actually complicted the process and consequently switched to a direct
purchase model for the large packages."
And thank you to Ms Montgomery for allowing us to rebroadcast her
information and the links to her article and project site. - Lynn
McDonald, FEDLINK, [log in to unmask] or 202-707-4832