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    I am the owner and managing director of Information Automation Limited (IAL), a company that specialises in research, consultancy and training for the information profession. We are particularly interested in all forms of electronic information resources (e-journals, e-books, etc) and I teach a course in electronic publishing at the Department of Information Studies in Aberystwyth. Drilling down still further(!), my interests centre on the quality and evaluation of electronic information, and in the thinking that underpins activities in library and information science.


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    Sunday, January 29, 2006

    My-journal - just-for-me publishing?

    Not many years ago, but in the pre-blog era, someone (I think it was Toni Carbo in an NFAIS lecture) wrote about the change of libraries from the just-in-case model to the just-in-time model and finally to the just-for-you approach. In other words, in stead of collecting everything in case it was needed, they moved to collecting a more limited set of resources as the need became apparent, and finally to a focussed, user-centric service based on acquiring resources as and when they are requested. In my last post, I suggested that aggregators should adopt a similar approach, moving from supplying a huge package of journals in broad subject areas related to a university's research foci on the basis that some of the articles in some of the journals would be useful to some of the academics some of the time, to series of just-for-you or 'my-journal' licences in which each academic specifies the narrow topics of interest in which s/he would like to receive articles. For example, the International Journal of Chris Armstrong's Interests would bring me articles on e-books and electronic publishing, scholarly publishing, Library 2.0, and collection management.
    Most journals already ask their authors to supply keywords when they submit articles, possibly these would need to be a little more precise, but reader tagging could enhance retrieval and the Connotea/Del.icio.us model would allow me to add any articles flagged by a colleague working in the same area to my profile. Any article in a wide range of journals designated by me which match my very precise keywords would be delivered automatically to me as they are published.
    Libraries licence from an aggregator according to a number of profiles; each profile comes with a fixed number of free articles - if more than this are received in a year, they are charged on a pay-per-view basis. This seems to me to have the advantage for readers in supplying only what they need when they need it - a very efficient model.
    Well, its an idea! I wonder who will be the first to offer me a my-journal subscription?

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