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Mississippi State University Libraries has recently completed several initiatives to dramatically expand users online access to journals from such prestigious publishers as Blackwell, Elsevier, Springer-Kluwer, and Wiley. The expanded access, slated to begin in January 2007, is the result of innovative projects that take full advantage of resource-sharing opportunities, as well as negotiation with the publishers to secure license agreements for journal packages.

Building on the successful electronic-only model of the Elsevier agreement developed in 2005, MSU Libraries has negotiated agreements with Blackwell and Springer-Kluwer to provide the MSU community online access, from 1997 to present, to the approximately 337 titles to which the Libraries subscribe, as well as over 1,500 additional journals not previously available to MSU users. In total, these two agreements will expand access to Blackwell and Springer-Kluwer journals by almost fivefold! MSU Libraries will no longer receive print copies of Blackwell and Springer-Kluwer journals, but perpetual online access rights to the subscribed titles are guaranteed in the agreement.

In addition, a reduction in subscription duplication with our partner libraries in Elsevier and Wiley consortial agreements will add fifty-seven new titles to MSUs growing list of e-journals. Access to these new Elsevier and Wiley titles will begin in January 2007.

According to Frances Coleman, Dean of MSU Libraries, These additions reflect the Libraries commitment to maximizing our users access to scholarly information and more effectively meeting their evolving needs.

Like other academic libraries, Coleman adds, MSU Libraries are seeing several predominant trends related to the use and publication of scholarly journals: while use of print materials is declining, demand for e-journals and other online content continues to skyrocket.

The reasons for the popularity of e-journals are not difficult to understand. Not only do e-journals enable users to access content from their desktops at their own convenience, but they also equip users to perform full-text searching, follow hyperlinks to related materials, and easily download information in electronic files. The result is increased productivity for students, faculty and staff.

About MSU Libraries:

Mississippi State University Libraries is a premier research library providing its communities of users an ongoing, creative, technologically advanced library program that provides new and emerging technologies; enhances and inspires teaching, research, and service of the highest caliber in an environment of free and open inquiry and with a commitment to excellence. For more information about MSU Libraries, please visit http://library.msstate.edu/ .

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