BIODOC - The Transition from Research Project to Fully Fledged Service
Serials: The Journal for the Serials Community
This is the third in a series of papers describing BIODOC, a service now in its fourth year that addresses the access versus holdings debate in a University library. The main aims of the study were to evaluate the cost effectiveness of a wholly access based information service, to analyse user perception/receptivity and the impact of such a service, as well as to improve upon the existing service to the staff and students involved. As part of the project the Library also wished to compare
... ed to compare document supplier performance and disseminate all findings among the academic and research communities. BIODOC was conceived originally as a research experiment. Year 1 was heavily research oriented and featured a high level of library intervention and monitoring. Years 2 and 3 were transitional years as the experiment moved towards a full service model. The service is currently in its fourth year of operation and has now been fully integrated into normal library procedures. Further details on the background, context, and operation are available in Evans et al (1) . In summary, journal subscriptions for all titles serving the Biotechnology Centre (now the Institute of Bioscience and Technology or IBST) at Cranfield were cancelled and replaced with electronic current contents and a fast document delivery service. A preliminary user analysis performed after six months showed that staff and students within IBST were generally favourably disposed to the service. A full interim study of user perceptions is given by Harrington et al (2) .