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The growth of electronic journals in academic libraries in Saudi Arabia

Sawsan Taha Dulaymi (Lecturer at the School of Library and Information Science, King Abdul Aziz University, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia)
Mohammed A. Marghalani (Professor, at the School of Library and Information Science, King Abdul Aziz University, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia)
Andrew McDonald (Professor at the School of Computing and Engineering Technology, University of Sunderland, Sunderland, UK)
John I. Tait (Professor at the School of Computing and Engineering Technology, University of Sunderland, Sunderland, UK)

Library Management

ISSN: 0143-5124

Article publication date: 1 May 2004

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Abstract

Saudi academic libraries (SALs) have been moving towards using electronic resources since 1992. This study aims to investigate the changes in electronic journal (EJ) (bibliographic and full‐text databases) and printed journal (PJ) collection and acquisition in terms of number of titles, type of provisions and acquisition budgets and costs, between the years 1995 and 2000. The survey method was used to obtain the data. The instruments used in this study were questionnaires that were distributed to six academic libraries in Saudi Arabia. The percentages were used to show the differences between the increase and the decrease of EJ and PJ collections and budgets. The most important findings show that the percentage of EJ collections sharply increased in 1996 by 98 percent, which corresponds to a high increase in their budget of 125 percent.

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Taha Dulaymi, S., Marghalani, M.A., McDonald, A. and Tait, J.I. (2004), "The growth of electronic journals in academic libraries in Saudi Arabia", Library Management, Vol. 25 No. 4/5, pp. 190-198. https://doi.org/10.1108/01435120410533774

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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