The end of eresourcejournal

At the end of the month, I will begin my new job at Norwich University as their Distance Learning Librarian. I am very excited about this position because I’ve wanted to work with distance learning students since the not-so-long-ago days of my own online graduate program. This is my dream job.

And so, eresourcejournal reaches its end. This blog has been more helpful to me than I expected. The process of writing about things that puzzle and frustrate me has been beneficial. First, it makes me think things through. My brain works faster than my fingers, and as I type my mind wanders to another (more appropriate) idea. Had I not taken the time to write about these topics, I may not have come to those more useful conclusions.

In addition, writing is a great memory tool. Writing online with blog software allowed me to easily retrace my steps and remind myself of past discoveries. In some cases, I was able to solve a new problem by looking back at similar situations.

Lastly, blogging connects: the advantage of writing publicly and online is that other people found me. I am grateful for the comments and emails I’ve received from everyone who visits the site or reads the RSS feed. Librarians have been a source of (wonderful) ideas, commiseration, and camaraderie. EBSCO folks have been very generous with their time, emailing me directly about the concerns and ideas I’ve covered in my posts.

Perhaps others will continue to discover these posts and find them useful. Clearly, they’ll be curious about troubleshooting electronic serials problems, as illustrated in this nifty word cloud of all the text at eresourcejournal (made at Wordle.net). I don’t know yet whether I will blog about my new job. As I re-read that sentence, I realize I likely will. I want to remain connected to my community of colleagues. I have been and will continue to follow blogs related to distance learning and distance learning librarianship. I’m sure I’ll have a few things to talk about, too.

Thank you for your visits and keeping me in your feed readers. Most of all, thank you for your comments.

(P.S. It’s a time of transition: Kelly retired one of her blogs this week. Great minds think alike!)

(P.P.S. It seems like a good idea to close the comments on all my old posts. So I’m gonna. I’ll keep this post open, so feel free to leave a message.)

License details now in EBSCONET

While looking for something completely separate, I found a press release dated 2/28/08 that says EBSCONET now provides detailed license information.

“… the new license details feature provides instant answers to commonly asked questions as well as dozens more not so common. For example, librarians can now obtain information regarding publishers’ policies on perpetual access and learn whether they can access a journal via their library’s proxy server.”

At first I was confused, because EBSCONET’s Access and Registration information already includes perpetual access and proxy information. What’s the difference?

The new License Details includes different information: indemnification, ILL rules, and links to the file of the license. This comes straight from the publisher’s standard license. Presumably, Access and Registration information also comes straight from the license; however, I often find that information to be inaccurate (either outdated or not correct to begin with).

Also, the top of the License Details page clarifies that, “Your institution may have negotiated unique terms in your license agreement.” So, not only might the information be outdated or wrong because of publisher/EBSCO miscommunication, it may not be accurate because of our own changes.

At least the license information is right there in front of us, and accessible for examining online subscriptions in advance of purchase. This resource doesn’t stand alone: it should be used in conjunction with Access and Registration and our own signed license.

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