Friday, March 2, 2012

PL 7/12: Electronic subscriptions

Filed under: statistics — plinius @ 2:13 pm

One of the new variables that was added to Norwegian public library statistics a few years ago was the number of electronic serials subscriptions.

The instruction in English says: Count the number of subscriptions to electronic journals and newspapers at the end of the year.

  • Include titles acquired for remote access and additional electronic licenses for access to titles held in print format .
  • Include titles comprised in “additional access” or “cross access” in consortia agreements for the time of the contractual agreement. 
  • Exclude electronic journals that are free on the Internet. 

Electronic serial: Serial published in electronic form only or in both electronic and another format.

  • Comprises serials held locally and remote resources for which access rights have been acquired, at least for a certain period of time. 
  • Open access journals (free Internet resources) are excluded.

When small is big

In 2009 the total number of such subscriptions was slightly above two thousand. Ninety-eight percent of these subscriptions were purchased by just four libraries:

  • Utsira, the smallest public library in Norwa, had 937 subscriptions
  • Tromsø library and city archive had 800
  • Tiny Kåfjord had 201
  • Big Stavanger had 80
  • Little Fosnes had 18
  • Partial sum: 2036
  • Total: 2069

Oslo Public Library reported none. What’s the point of such data, I wonder?

Gift horses

In Norway, free Internet resources are not counted. But free books count …


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