Providing Perpetual Access

Originally presented April 8, 2015.

This hour-long webinar covers the results of an online survey that sought to get at libraries’ true experiences working to maintain perpetual access for electronic serials that have been canceled, have ceased, or have transferred to different publishers. The session covers the extent to which perpetual access is currently being pursued at libraries, the varying reasons for success or lack of success, and the cost—both monetary and labor-based. Further discussion expands on key findings and the most common obstacles to providing perpetual access.

No registration required. Access files now:

recording (.wmv)  |  YouTube video

slides (.pdf)

Learning Outcomes

Following this webinar, participants should be able to more deeply understand the extent to which libraries are pursing perpetual access and the outcomes of such attempts. Participants should also be able to use the strategies and other information gleaned from the survey to help them provide perpetual access at their institutions.

Who Should Attend

electronic resource librarians, serials librarians


Sarah (Sally) Glasser is the Serials/Electronic Resources Librarian and an Assistant Professor of Library Services at the Joan and Donald E. Axinn Library of Hofstra University in Hempstead, N.Y.




How to Register

Originally presented Wednesday, April 8, 2015.

No registration required. Access files:

recording (.wmv)  |  YouTube video


Tech Requirements

Computer with Internet access (high-speed connection is best) and media player software. Headphones recommended.

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