Untangling the Web
Session E, 9:15-10:15 am

Journals Online News: Dispersing Collection Management Information
on the World Wide Web

Anne Langley
Collection Development and Management Librarian
Sandra Leach
Acting Head, Collection Development
University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Journals Online News (J.O.N.), a World Wide Web site created and maintained by the Collection Development Team at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville Libraries, informs university faculty, library selectors, and interested students and staff about journals cancellation/review information. Like libraries everywhere, the UTK Libraries are grappling with the serials crisis in academic publishing. In order to involve the faculty in serials management decisions, we decided to take advantage of a unique quality of the Internet -- interactive communication. By using the Internet we can provide the most up-to-date information to a wide audience. This cuts down on paper, mailings, wasted time, etc. Data that changes daily can reach those who need to know immediately, without the delays and confusion caused by mass mailings. The data provided on the World Wide Web can be established as the latest version and authoritative source.

Our presentation will demonstrate the interactivity of J.O.N. and its use as a place for interestd parties to access the information they need about the ongoing journals review and cancellation.

Our intended audience is anyone who is interested in setting up a multifaceted web site to disseminate frequently changing information to a large audience. Collections-related information is particularly adaptable to this medium, because it changes frequently and is contributed by various people. The World Wide Web can enhance communication among selectors, bibliographers, reference librarians, collection managers, and faculty and administrators from the library and campus.

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