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Electronic Journals and Electronic Resources Library Management

Workshop modules

Module 1: Workshop introduction and overview - introductions, aims and objectives, learning outcomes, format, housekeeping, admin issues, etc.


  • Introductions
  • Housekeeping
  • Workshop overview and objectives
  • Format and materials introduction

Module 2: Electronic library resources introduction and overview - what are the range of electronic journals and scholarly databases types that are available for use in Libraries?


  • Review and define what electronic library and information resources are
    • Citation and reference services
    • Electronic journals
    • Other online information resources
  • An outline of the features and functionality of electronic resources
  • Strengths and weaknesses of such resources

Module 3: Supply models - how can libraries access electronic journals and scholarly databases.


  • Review different supply models available for access electronic information resources
  • Understand the pros and cons of different models
  • Review the implications for end users in relation to supply models

Module 4: Review of the PERI programme and the resources available within it. What resources are included in the PERI programme? Overview and demonstration of all resources.


  • Review resources available through PERI programme
  • Demonstration of representative resources
  • Review of packages available within the library
  • Hands-on experience of using available packages

Module 5: Effective searching - searching electronic journals, scholarly databases and associated online resources. Generic techniques and approached suitable for all systems plus specific approaches and techniques that are required or particular services/packages.


  • Understand the importance of effective searching
  • Guidelines for planning and implementation of search tasks
  • Understand and experience of
    • Simple searching
    • Complex, advanced and power searching
  • Generic search techniques and package specific searching and information seeking
  • Hands-on experience of effective searching in a range of environments

Module 6: Evaluation and quality - examining the issues of quality and evaluating electronic journals and scholarly databases and their use in libraries.


  • Examine quality issues associated with electronic resources
  • Compare quality of electronic publications:
    • formal (i.e. established publishers)
    • informal (i.e. general online information)
  • Provide insight as to the quality criteria and selection process needed for all electronic information sources

Module 7: Downloading and document delivery - once documents and resources have been located, then how can these be accessed by users within a library environment? An examination of different methods that can be used for downloading and document delivery.


  • Review document access via different download options
  • Downloading and printing considerations
  • Review document delivery options
  • Understand the pros and cons of different content access options
  • Review impacts different options might have on library users and management

Module 8: Archiving - what are the archiving issues associated with electronic journals. What issues do these raise for libraries and library services?


  • Overview of archiving electronic resources
  • Review of archiving issues within the wider international library community
  • A review of possible guidelines and ideas for an institutional policy in this area
  • Further reading and resources review

Module 9: Software - what are the software requirements for electronic journals and scholarly databases? Are there any specific requirements for packages available within the PERI programme?


  • Review of software requirements for electronic journals and scholarly databases
  • Minimum and optimal requirements
  • Software support issues
  • Review of future software development and requirements
  • Review of software support implications and possible impacts on the library

Module 10: Copyright and licensing - overview and detailed coverage of copyright and licensing or electronic journals and scholarly databases, with particular reference to resources available as part of PERI.


  • Review of copyright and licensing within the electronic environment
  • License, terms and conditions and their implications for a library
  • Legal and contractual responsibilities
  • Best practice and policy development

Module 11: Evaluation and monitoring use - how can the usage of electronic resources be monitored and evaluated? What kinds of evaluation can and should be conducted. Using evaluation and usage data.


  • Understand techniques for monitoring and evaluating electronic resource use
  • Discuss guidelines on the collection and analysis of usage data
  • Examine how usage data might be useful in library management issues
  • Examine long term implications of data collection and its analysis

Module 12: Managing access and purchase - how can a library effectively manage access to electronic journals and scholarly databases? What are the cost and purchase implications, in the short, medium and long term? Recognising and planning for changing costs and resource requirements. Consortia building for increased buying power.


  • Examine issues of sustainability, costs and resourcing
  • Examine consortia building issues
  • Evaluate possible consortia approaches and funding models

Module 13: Managing implementation and user access - developing local implementation and usage management policies and strategies in light of local conditions and cost/financial limitations. Ideas for user/reader services and institutional wide access to electronic journals and scholarly database resources.


  • Review of electronic information resources and their widespread use within an institution
  • Developing implementation, support, training and service development policies
  • Implications of local conditions and long term sustainability
  • Group planning and discussion

Module 14: Summary and close of workshop


  • Summarise main issues covered during workshop
  • Summary and discussion of any group work (in particular module 13)
  • Next steps and future developments