May 1st, 2001 The electronic newsletter of the University Library, University of South Alabama, published irregularly as a service to the University Community.

NAAL and the Value of Library Cooperation

Dr. Richard Wood

The Network of Alabama Academic Libraries was established in 1984 and has become one of the nation's most successful models for shared acquisition of electronic information resources. By facilitating the sharing of academic library resources, NAAL supports the efficient and effective use of Alabama's limited funds for higher education.

I wish to draw your attention to an important new full-text database from Wiley & Sons licensed through the Network of Alabama Academic Libraries (NAAL) and a group of Georgia libraries. If NAAL, or any one of its members, had acted alone, this database would have been prohibitively expensive. The NAAL/Georgia "deal" with Wiley & Sons gives eligible users in both states access to all 300+ online titles in Wiley Interscience. Every participant has access to all Wiley online journals even though each participant's cost is determined by its own subscriptions to Wiley print journals.

Among NAAL members, Auburn University, University of Alabama, University of Alabama at Birmingham, and University of South Alabama subscribe to the largest number of Wiley journals. Collectively, these four institutions pay about 72 per cent of the statewide cost for Wiley Interscience. Their participation enables members with few Wiley print titles to have online access to the entire database for a very low cost. NAAL members without any Wiley print subscriptions may subscribe for a small fee. Each member achieves substantial savings over the nearly half million dollars required to subscribe annually to the 300+ Wiley journals.

This agreement with the publisher helps NAAL achieve one of its primary goals: to assure that all students have access to the basic information needed for their instruction and research regardless of which Alabama college or university they choose to attend. The University of South Alabama's participation is made possible by the Charles M. Baugh Biomedical Library whose Director, Tom Williams, agreed to pay for the license with Wiley.

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