D-Lib Magazine
December 1996

ISSN 1082-9873

Clips and Pointers

Workshop Summary: UK Serials Group -- Learning to Live with E- Journals: Some Practical Solutions

John Kirriemuir, UKOLN Information Officer

The United Kingdom Serials Group held a one-day workshop on 21st November 1996. The audience of 170 people came from a wide range of mainly UK-based backgrounds, namely electronic journal (e-journal) research, publishers, e-journal service providers, academics, and public library and university librarians.

The morning session consisted of views of e-journals from university, industrial and end-user perspectives. The first of these concentrated on how the Pilkington Library at Loughborough University made access available to freely available Internet-based journals, as well as commercially published journals. The end- user perspective explained some of the advantages: e.g., navigation, information immediacy, global distribution, searching, and disadvantages: e.g., reliance on networks, credibility of electronically based information over print-based journals.

The afternoon session consisted of a demonstration of two products offering access to a range of e-journals, namely, Blackwells Electronic Journal Navigator and the BIDS Journal Online service. This was followed by a wrap-up open forum, where people could discuss those e-journal issues of concern.

Though the day did not result in any solutions, many of the problems with e-journal production, access, charging mechanisms and formats were aired. Key issues that were repeated through the day were:

As an introduction to e-journals, their variety, advantages, disadvantages and problems, the day was deemed to be well-spent by many of the delegates.


In Print

Goings On

Pointers in This Column:

34th Annual Clinic on Library Applications of Data Processing: Visualizing Subject Access for 21st Century Information Resources
March 2-4, 1997
ASIS 1997 Annual Meeting: Digital Collections: Implications for Users, Funders, Developers, and Maintainers http://www.asis.org/annual-97/ASIS97.htm
Bodleian Library/Toyota Imaging Project http://www.bodley.ox.ac.uk/toyota/
Brain Atlas Datasets
(Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School)
  • Brain Surface
  • Deep Grey Matter
  • Ventricles
  • Explanatory Paper on Brain Atlas
  • SPL Images and Animations
  • http://splweb.bwh.harvard.edu:8000/pages/papers/atlas/text.html
  • http://splweb.bwh.harvard.edu:8000/pages/papers/umans/brain1.html
  • http://splweb.bwh.harvard.edu:8000/pages/papers/umans/brain2.html
  • http://splweb.bwh.harvard.edu:8000/pages/papers/umans/brain3.html
  • http://splweb.bwh.harvard.edu:8000/pages/images_movies.html
  • Buildings, books, and bytes http://www.benton.org/Kellogg/
    Economics of Digital Information and Intellectual Property
    Harvard University
    First European Conference on Research and Advanced Technologies for Digital Libraries http://www.area.pi.cnr.it/ErcimDL
    National HPCC Software Exchange (NHSE) http://www.nhse.org/
  • NPC-Netlib: Higher Performance Math Software
  • http://www.nhse.org/hpc-netlib
  • PTLIB: Parallel Tools Library
  • http://www.nhse.org/ptlib/
  • Chemistry Software and Information Resources
  • http://nhse.npac.syr.edu/chemistry
  • NHSE Review
  • http://nhse.cs.rice.edu/NHSEreview/
  • Second Annual Virtual Reality Modeling Language (VRML) Symposium
    Monterey, California
    February 24-26, 1997
    Solaris http://www.info.unicaen.fr/bnum/jelec/Solaris/"
    SouthEast Asia images and Texts project (SEAiT) http://www.library.wisc.edu/etext/seait/"
    World Intellectual Property Organization
  • Draft Treaty posted by the Library of Congress
  • http://www.loc.gov/copyright/wipo6.html
  • Selection of comments at Stanford University Libraries Copyright & Fair Use
  • http://fairuse.stanford.edu/database/index.html
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