Reducing Redundancies: Print Journals

Reducing Redundancies: Print Journals
Jenny James Lee
November 4, 2014

This summer, the Libraries conducted a review of the over 200 journals currently received in print format and compared this information with the collection of electronic journals to identify redundancies.

In total, 60 titles were identified that had robust electronic formats and will no longer be available in print at the Libraries. Many of these the Libraries had already licensed, the remainder will be available in e-format beginning with the 2015 issues.

When appropriate, the Libraries defers to the electronic version of a journal because it increases accessibility for members of the Drexel community, decreases a physical space need and reduces processing and replacement costs. Before doing away with any print journals, the Libraries evaluated their electronic versions to ensure complete coverage, user-friendly interfaces, appropriate accessibility and licensing requirements.

Nicely complementing this audit is the addition of a new browsing tool, BrowZine, which enables print-like browsing and reading of electronic journals on smartphone and tablet devices.

The BrowZine app is currently available for iPad, iPhone, Android tablets and smartphone devices, and Kindle Fire HD tablets. Get started with BrowZine by downloading the app here and following the quick set up, which will enable Drexel’s licensed content to load to your device.

Questions about this change in print journals or the BrowZine app can be directed to your liaison librarian or to Beth Ten Have, director of academic partnerships.