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