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Tuesday, May 17 • 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Poster Session 2: Poster Board Number 139

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Poster Board Number: 139
Title: Providing Enhanced Access to Electronic Journals with Really Simple Syndication (RSS) Feeds and Impact Factors
Objective: To enhance an academic medical library’s electronic journals web page by adding links to valuable tools and information such as table of contents subscription links and ISI impact factors.
Methods: Librarians and web developers formed a project team to identify the desired enhancements for the Claude Moore Health Sciences Library’s electronic journals web page. Enhancements included links to: (1) subscription to journal table of contents email alerts, (2) subscription to the really simple syndication (RSS) feed for journal table of contents, and (3) access to the impact factor for individual journal titles (when available). A streamlined, highly usable interface was envisioned. The new electronic journals web page was developed using Drupal, a specialized programming interface using Python and PHP, and a Thomson Reuters application program interface (API). Manual entry of all RSS feed links and ISSN data into the library’s locally programmed e-resources database was required to provide the added electronic journals web page functionality.
Results: Journal titles now feature links to easily subscribe to table of contents email services by simply entering an email address. RSS feeds are also made available through a single click. Finally, access to impact factor data (made available through the library’s Journal Citation Index subscription) was also provided through a single click. Challenges to delivering this information included staff time to add ISSNs and RSS links to the e-journals system and programming required to maintain the quick performance of the original e-journal pages.
Conclusions: The e-journals pages have been enhanced while maintaining page performance. Future enhancements include redirecting the impact factor link, which currently points to “Impact Factor Trend Graph” page to the “Rank in Category” page so patrons can easily retrieve both impact factor and journal rank information.
Authors: Andrea S. Horne, Associate Director, Information Services; Nadine P. Ellero, AHIP, Intellectual Access Librarian; David Moody, Webmaster; Bart Ragon, Associate Director, Library Technology and Development; Inhye Kim Son, AHIP, Electronic Services and Research Librarian; Claude Moore Health Sciences Library; University of Virginia Health System, Charlottesville, VA

Tuesday May 17, 2011 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Exhibit Hall A - Minneapolis Convention Center

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