OCLC Enhances Electronic Collections Online Service

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OCLC has announced that with its new Journal Licensing Program, it has attempted to improve the electronic journals subscription process through the OCLC FirstSearch Electronic Collections Online service. In a separate release, the company has announced recent agreements with publishers to increase the medical titles available through the service.

Journal Licensing Program

OCLC's new Journal Licensing Program offers one-stop shopping for electronic subscriptions, access, and archiving of titles available through the OCLC FirstSearch Electronic Collections Online service, according to the company.

Institutions can now subscribe to the electronic version of journals available through Electronic Collections Online directly with OCLC and its affiliates at the same time they open or renew their Access Accounts OCLC and its affiliates will quote pricing and provide license terms for electronic journals, process subscription orders, and provide libraries with consolidated billing for subscription, access, and archiving. The program complements the Electronic Collections Online Certified Partners Program, through which libraries license electronic journal content directly through subscription agents.

"OCLC is introducing this new program to make it easier for libraries to get started with electronic journals," said John Barnes, director. OCLC electronic journals division. "We know from our experience with FirstSearch that libraries value the convenience of one-stop shopping for access and content, and over the past year our advisory groups and many of our Electronic Collections Online subscribers have made it clear that they would benefit from the same kind of service through Electronic Collections Online."

Electronic Collections Online allows libraries to search across hundreds of journals from many different publishers, using a single interface and access point. Titles are available in many different subject areas, including life and physical sciences, social science, and the humanities.

Expanded Medical Content

Recent agreements with the BMJ Publishing Group, Marcel Dekker, Project HOPE, and the Royal Society of Medicine will increase the medical titles available through the Electronic Collections Online service, according to OCLC. …