- FY08 Forest Service DigiTop funding: Yahoo! DigiTop is funded!
- US Forest Service paid $400,000 to DigiTop/NAL
in FY05. This money paid for "the current existing
condition" NOT the "desired future condition" just
- All of the money is being used for currently received
- JSTOR is available through NFSL (certain parts relating to our FS mission)
- The cost for electronic access to journals is
an add-on to the prices USDA locations have already
paid for subscriptions to the printed versions of
the journals. Most journal publishers (but not all)
continue requiring USDA to maintain print subscriptions
in order to acquire electronic journal access, adding
a marginal price for electronic access on top of
the prices paid across USDA for the print version.
This means that USDA locations should NOT
cancel print subscriptions for journals from these
publishers without contacting NAL first, because
electronic access is likely to be cancelled as well.
In future years, as we move from a "print plus
electronic" model to a "mostly electronic" or "electronic
only" model, we will need to fund the total cost
of publication content to acquire electronic access.
The advantage of funding electronic access through
DigiTop's unifying mechanism will be wider, more
convenient, and economical access for more USDA
staff to a greater array of journals.
- We have NOT listed ALL the journals available
from publishers; only those in which people expressed
interest. Check the DigiTop list of journals (Serials
Solutions link on DigiTop page) for all titles currently
DigiTop: Run by the National Agriculture Library
(NAL) for all of USDA. DigiTop provides electronic
access to full text journals and information databases
with value to USDA employees.
Journal Selection: When you were browsing
DigiTop did you ever see a journal where you wondered,
"Who in USDA would want that?!" This might be your
first insight into how publishers or literature database
companies think. NAL serves as our liaison with all
the publishers. Publishers or Database vendors offer
journals in bundles. We can't subscribe to individual
journals, in general. Consequently, when we subscribe
to a publisher for a particular journal we might also
get a number of other journals that are a low priority
or of no value to us. Its simply part of a package
Forest Service Journal & Database Request List (a.k.a. Wish List)
List based on 2005/2006 survey. Shows purchasing status.
National Forest Service Libary: Internal site.
Many journals are available through the FS libraries (NFSL) that people cannot reach directly. NFSL can retrieve articles and email them to FS employees.
Forest Service DigTop AdHoc Committee (in
Diane E Banegas
Debra J Dietzman
Cynthia L Miner