BIRMINGHAM, Alabama, U.S.A. -- August 13, 2007 -- In response to rising customer demand for smarter tools to manage e-journal package content, EBSCO has developed and launched the E-Journal Package Change Report. Available via EBSCONET, this report lists titles that have been added to or removed from the e-journal packages a library subscribes to through EBSCO.
With the E-Journal Package Change Report, libraries have an efficient means to identify package change activity, allowing staff to quickly evaluate the titles requiring immediate action. Package titles can be tracked to facilitate intelligent purchasing decisions. If a popular title is moving out of a package, libraries may want to consider alternative options for acquiring the title. Conversely, the report can also indicate whether a title is moving into a package to which a library already has a subscription.
In addition, libraries can utilize the report to identify which titles are no longer included in certain packages before the changes are discovered by students and faculty. The report is also helpful in evaluating package changes prior to the end of the subscription year, which can both simplify renewal decisions and help staff plan for updates to the library OPAC or e-resource access and management systems such as a link resolver or A-to-Z title list.
"While EBSCO has manually provided customers with information about changes to their e-journal packages for several years now, we are excited to provide this information in an automated, readily requestable report on EBSCONET," said Rebecca Day, manager of e-resource services development, EBSCO Information Services. "Customers who buy e-journal packages from EBSCO have repeatedly indicated that one of their most difficult tasks in managing these packages is tracking title changes. This report answers that concern, pulling together data for all of their packages and greatly simplifying what was a frustrating and time consuming process."
EBSCO offers a unique, flexible suite of services to help your organization simplify the management of e-resource content. At the core of this suite of services is EBSCONET, our comprehensive electronic and print resource management system.
Using this interactive, Web-based system, libraries can facilitate the entire subscription management cycle from order placement to renewal, while also managing countless other administrative tasks.
Additional services can be integrated with EBSCONET to create a solution customized to match the specific e-resource management needs of your library.