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Comparison of usage data of a print journal title versus electronic counterpart

Anthony McMullen (Baron-Forness Library, Edinboro University of Pennsylvania, Edinboro, Pennsylvania, USA)

The Bottom Line

ISSN: 0888-045X

Article publication date: 25 November 2014




The purpose of this article is to provide insights and commentary into issues encountered in maintaining and assessing library technologies and technology-based services with limited budgets and with limited personnel.


It uses usage data to illustrate effects of a conversion of a single journal title from print to electronic format.


The conversion of a print journal subscription to electronic access resulted in a substantial decrease in cost per use despite an increase in overall subscription cost.


This paper examines the effects of acquiring current electronic content based upon usage of a single, high use embargoed journal title in an aggregator package. Differences between print and electronic usage and cost per use are described in detail.



McMullen, A. (2014), "Comparison of usage data of a print journal title versus electronic counterpart", The Bottom Line, Vol. 27 No. 4, pp. 126-128.



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