Friday, August 12, 2005

Ingenta Explained

Hello Chat People -

Following on a patron's question on chat some weeks ago, I asked Katie
Brady, the ERC for Ingenta, to provide a clear explanation of how it
works, and what we do and do not have access to through it. I hope you
find this helpful. Please save for future reference, and please contact
Katie with any further questions.


---------- Forwarded message ----------
Date: Thu, 28 Jul 2005 17:06:29 -0400
From: Katie Brady <>
To: Deborah Wassertzug <>
Subject: Re: Ingenta confusion


Bottom line is that we have a number of journals activated on Ingenta for
fulltext access, based on our having individual print+online or
online-only subscriptions. Articles in titles to which we don't already
have access activated, and to which we don't have a print subscription in
the libraries, may be requested on a pay-per-view basis on Columbia's dime
as long as they are $30 or less. That's the long and short of it.

What happens if a patron wants an article but we don't have a
subscription? There will be a message displayed after clicking on the link
to fulltext to the effect that "this article is available for x dollars,
do you want to use Columbia's account to purchase access"? this message
won't come up if the article is over $30. Only catch is that the patron
will have to create/login to a (free) ingenta account in order to use the
Columbia account.

The other complicating factor is that for some reason Ingenta has a set of
titles that are only available via fax or ariel, and another set that's
available online. Either way patrons have to login if Columbia doesn't
have a subscription to fulltext.

It's trying to be both a document delivery service and an ejournal
provider, but through the same service. It's confusing.



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