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Thursday, May 19 • 1:30pm - 1:50pm
Caveat Emptor: Scan Quality of Elsevier’s Electronic Backfile PDF Collection

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Electronic journal backfiles provide online access to PDFs of older articles and may substitute for a library’s corresponding print journal collection. The BYU Library evaluated the scan quality of articles from 1,546 Elsevier journals from their electronic backfile with an eye to deaccessioning the print collection. We analyzed over 32,000 pages in two rigorous, randomized studies from a collection of over 3.8 million articles. For those contemplating an electronic backfile purchase, or evaluating an existing electronic backfile, we will discuss our evaluation criteria, methodology, and results.

Learning objectives:
Attendees will understand how an electronic backfile was evaluated for PDF scan quality
Attendees will better understand the quality of an Elsevier journal backfile collection


Greg Nelson

Chemical & Life Sciences Librarian, Brigham Young University

Paul Robbins

Brigham Young University

Thursday May 19, 2022 1:30pm - 1:50pm MDT
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