VALA2000 Session 4 Arthur

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Comparing interfaces for electronic journal delivery

VALA 2000 CONCURRENT SESSION 4: Document Delivery
Wednesday 16 February 2000, 14:35 – 15:05

Tony Arthur

Associate Librarian, Information Resources and External Relations,
University of Melbourne Library

Shirley Sullivan

Electronic Information Co-ordinator, University of Melbourne Library

VALA Peer Reviewed Paper

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During 1998 and 1999 the University of Melbourne Library evaluated four interfaces for managing electronic journal subscriptions and access. These are OCLC’s ECO, SwetsNet, Ebsco Online and Blackwell’s Electronic Journal Navigator. A small working group of librarians comprised the core of the trial. A set of defined criteria for evaluating the interfaces was used. The paper will report on the experiences of the evaluation and the conclusions reached.