Michael Mabe, SuperJournal:  The Publisher's Perspective, Paper Presented at UKSG Conference, 1 April 1998

Table 1.  Problems Using Printed Journals and the Library

Cluster/University

MGP

CCS

PS

Feature

C

O

U

N

B

Ul

W

S

D

L

Availability Issues                    
Local availability of journal titles          

x

x

x

x

 
Missing items: theft, vandalism, bindery  

x

x

 

x

   

x

x

x

Someone else is using it, eg students  

x

   

x

   

x

   
Fragmentation of the collection

x

             

x

 
Library opening hours              

x

 

x

Time                    
Time constraints generally  

x

x

 

x

x

       
Difficult keeping up to date  

x

x

   

x

x

 

x

 
Delays getting US journals  

x

x

             
Performance Issues                    
Filtering, discovering what's relevant        

x

 

x

 

x

 
Difficult/slow finding it in the library  

x

x

     

x

 

x

 
Have to go elsewhere (other libraries, ILL)        

x

x

x

x

x

 
Tracing errata    

x

             
Photocopying Issues                    
Time, inconvenience, eg long queues

x

x

x

     

x

x

x

 
Can't reproduce photo or colour images

x

x

x

             
Cost  

x

         

x

   

Keys:

Clusters: CCS = Communication & Cultural Studies, MGP = Molecular Genetics & Proteins, PS = Political Science

Universities: C = Cambridge, O = Oxford, U = UCL, N = NIMR, B = Birmingham, Ul = Ulster, W = Warwick, S = Sussex, D = DMU, L = LSE


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