COOPER, J., 2008. Integrating journal back files into an existing electronic environment. Ariadne, 56
When we purchased two collections of journal back files for hosting locally we knew that there
would be some work involved in providing them to our patrons as a usable service. The key task
we faced was to get our final solution neatly integrated into our existing electronic environment.
We did not want our patrons to have to go to a stand-alone search page when they could use
our federated search engine. We wanted our OpenURL resolver to be able to link patrons to the
article whether they found it via our federated search engine or another resource that supports
OpenURLs. We also wanted people to be able to link straight to an article or a journals index so
that lecturers could add specific articles to their reading lists. Finally we knew that we needed to
supply a browsable index for the whole of each collection of back files.