Columbus State's library expands digital access to journals

mrice@ledger-enquirer.comJune 24, 2014 

Columbus State University has added access to about 1,100 journals through a globally shared digital library called JSTOR.

As a result, CSU's Schwob Memorial Library now has access to all of JSTOR's arts and sciences collections, the university announced in a news release.

"It's a massive amount of scholarship, scholarly information, that can be used for undergraduate research, graduate research, faculty research, for the whole university community," CSU dean of libraries Mark Flynn said in the release.

CSU already was a JSTOR subscriber, with a recurring cost of $19,500, Flynn said. Now, CSU will pay $39,975 for access to JSTOR’s more than 2,000 titles, boosting the university’s total virtual library to approximately 14,000 online scholarly journals, he said.

This expansion will enhance the CSU's ability to serve students and faculty on its main and RiverPark campuses and through 20 online courses that are fully distance learning, Flynn said.

According to its website, JSTOR is a not-for-profit organization, headquartered in New York, and founded in 1995 to help university and college libraries clear shelf space and save money while providing their users more content.

Mark Rice, 706-576-6272. Follow Mark on Twitter@MarkRiceLE.

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