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E-Journals, was Re: Correction, I hope, of M/C URL

From:Brad Coon <bcoon@...>
Date:Thursday, March 16, 2000, 2:41
Ty Power wrote:

> In answer to the question of length constraints in an electronic > journal, though, there are a couple of relevant considerations. One > is that (most) people are (generally) reluctant to read large texts on
Speaking from the other end of the web chain, as a librarian taking part in a large e-journal access project, I can say that there are as many variables as there are journals. Constraints may be because they are given limited space, it may reside on a personal machine, there may be limited manpower for editing, etc., etc. Most of the e-journals that I deal with are simply the online versions of paper journals. We have seen far too many of the published online only type simply disappear when the editors lose interest, change jobs, or whatever.
> In addition, what I find most disturbing with long texts online and > which has been documented as one of the biggest problems with > the Web, is the sense of unlimited information. This can really
I totally agree but I think for different reasons. As a reference librarian, the web is almost (the key word is ALMOST) always the very last place I will look for information. In my library instruction classes I make a point of leading people down the path of comparing how many books are online, how many issues of how many journals, how many pages are personal vanity pages, .com pages and so on. Then I tell them that far from 'everything being available on the web' almost nothing is available compared to even a modest library. I think part of the problem is a continued evolution of reality perception. For many of my generation, things were more real if they were on television. For many younger people, they are more real on a computer screen. -- Brad Coon PLEASE NOTE,NEW EMAIL ADDRESS If its tourist season, why can't we shoot them?