Collection Management Policies: Electronic Journals

Library Hours

Mon.-Thurs. 8am-Midnight

Fri. 8am-7pm

Sat. 10am-7pm

Sun. Noon-Midnight

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Andrews Library

1140 Beall Avenue

Wooster, OH 44691

Phone: 330-263-2493

Fax: 330-263-2253

Guidelines for the Selection of Library Periodicals and Collection Development Policy for Electronic Resources both apply to Electronic Journals.

In addition:
Electronic journals should have the following characteristics:

  • Readable print - at least as good as  the print journal
  • Graphics should be of high resolution
  • Be available in PDF or other standard text browser
  • Multimedia aspects (sound, movement, etc) should display clearly with standard software

The publisher or aggregator should provide for:

  • Archival retention in electronic form of back volumes
  • Stability of URL
  • Cost of electronic journal either included with print cost, or available at same or lower price than print.
  • Mirror site
  • Technical support
  • No additional charge on part of aggregator to use their site

It is our preference that every contract should include the following:

  • Definition of USERS should mean whole campus community: students, faculty, staff, part-time or visiting faculty, and public patrons of library.
  • Scope of license should include searching; downloading; printing hard copy; citing material; using figures, excerpts and tables according to standard US Copyright guidelines.
  • Class B access (entire campus).

For sample licenses, standard agreement language, see the following web site: