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.)

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Wiki to share subscription information

There’s been a huge response to a recent post on the ERIL-L listserv requesting publishers’ e-journal information. A librarian at a university that is about to make the switch to online only asked if anyone has already done the work to find out if full-text matches the print version, if the publisher provides perpetual access after cancellation, and if the publisher participates in a long-term access initiative like LOCKSS or Portico.

The first person to offer to share her homemade spreadsheet of that information received about 30 responses on the list alone (I emailed her off-list) asking for a copy of the spreadsheet. Given the interest in her information, it sounds like the information that many of us have from our vendors/publishers aren’t cutting it. I suggested that

At the risk of duplicating the work that we’re paying other people for (like EBSCO’s Access and Authentication information), is this something that this community should share and edit, perhaps in wiki form?

The idea was well received, and the people who run the ER&L website have offered to host the wiki; I think it’s a good idea to have it on a non-institutional website. When it’s ready, the URL for the wiki will be posted at http://electroniclibrarian.org/forum.

Update 9/6/2007: In the meantime, here’s the Eastern Kentucky University spreadsheet.

Update 9/10/2007: The Electronic Libraries wiki now includes the Publishers’ Perpetual Access Information spreadsheet. See Bonnie’s post for more information and the URL.

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