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ICOLC Announces Bath Profile Endorsement, Updates to Documents

Magazine article Information Today

ICOLC Announces Bath Profile Endorsement, Updates to Documents

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The International Coalition of Library Consortia (ICOLC) has announced its Endorsement of the Bath Profile, an international 239.50 specification supporting library applications and resource discovery. Version 1.1 of the Bath Profile, released in June 2000 with minor clarifications in February 2001, is endorsed as an ISO Internationally Recognized Profile (IRP). In a separate announcement, the ICOLC has also announced updates to two previously issued documents.

Bath Profile Endorsement

In endorsing the Bath Profile, the ICOLC realizes that standards organizations, libraries, consortia, database vendors, and integrated library system vendors will need to work together to realize the potential of Z39.50, according to the announcement. The international Bath Profile, if broadly adopted and incorporated into more detailed national, regional, provincial, and state agreements, becomes a valuable part of the solution.

The complete Endorsement of the Bath Profile with endorsing library consortia and additional information about the ICOLC can be found at consortia. Support for the Bath Profile is already provided by 68 library consortia from around the world. More consortia endorsements will be added as received.

Document Updates

Now available on the ICOLC Web site are the "Statement of Current Perspective and Preferred Practices for the Selection and Purchase of Electronic Information: Update No. 1: New Developments in E-Journal Licensing" and an updated "Guidelines for Statistical Measures of Usage of Web-Based Information Resources." According to the announcement, the issuance of both documents reflects the dynamic nature of information services to libraries and the need for library consortia to influence the practices of the vendor community on a global basis.

The update of the "Statement of Current Perspective..." focuses on developments in consortia perspectives on electronic journal publishing since the original statement was released in March 1998. The original "Statement of Current Perspective..." was the first public document issued by the ICOLC.

Among the preferred practices that the updated statement recommends are the following:

1. Having publishers provide multiple models for pricing electronic journals, such as making the purchase of the print copies optional, with a base price for the electronic-- only content that is no more than 80 percent of the price, and having a combined electronic and print price that is no more than current print-only prices

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