Since electronic journals were last covered in Library News (Autumn 2002), another 650 new titles have been added to the collection. Library Services now subscribes to a total of nearly 6000 e-journals, with the majority accessible from home (with the appropriate password).
The new titles have come from a variety of sources and include one-off purchases of backfiles, multiple-title packages from existing publishers, as well as journals acquired from completely new access providers. Recent additions of particular note have been the Institute of Physics backfiles and the Lippincott Williams and Wilkins medical journals. The Library is also about to acquire the searchable archive of the New Scientist.
The Library's dedicated web pages divide the collection into eighty-one subject pages and twenty-six A-Z pages. The vast number of titles means that there are now a mind-boggling 15,000 separate links on these pages although, thankfully, these are edited automatically rather than manually.
Since joining Library Services at the end of last year, the ejournals Administrator James Watson has embarked upon a major project, auditing the licenses that dictate the terms and conditions which govern the use of these journals. It is hoped that the audit will result in an increasing number of titles becoming available to external (particularly NHS) users at the Boldero and Cruciform libraries.
James adds: "With over six hundred publishers to check over it has been taking up a significant proportion of my time, nevertheless I am confident that it will be worth it.
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