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Access or ownership? Print or electronic? Full text or full image? We face an ever-increasing array of choices as we decide how to make information available in academic libraries.

Bill Coons and Peter McDonald in “Implications of commercial document delivery” (page 626) provide an overview of the many issues that need to be considered, from costs and payment to cross-divisional cooperation. They list primary and secondary criteria for considering substituting an electronic journal for a print one.

Helen Grochmal reminds us that electronic full text may not offer the exact contents of the print version and offers some tips for reviewing electronic journals (page 632).

Our Internet resources series continues with a look at sociology resources provided by Gary McMillan, Margaret Dittemore, and Carol Ritzen Kem, with assistance from ACRL’s Anthropology and Sociology Section (page 639).

Karyle Butcher, Joy Hughes, and Melvin George, of Oregon State University, exchange their thoughts on leadership in the “Every Librarian a Leader” column (page 636).

Also in this issue:

• Barbara J. Ford gives us an international update with her report of the recent IFLA conference (page 644).

• Jerilyn Veldof shares with us the latest plans for ACRL’s 8th National Conference in Nashville. There will be lots of opportunities for you to interact with others on current topics of interest both before and during the conference (page 646).

• A call for committee volunteers. ACRL needs your time and expertise. Take a moment to review the possibilities and volunteer for one of the more than 200 division and section committees (page 651).

• Meet the ACRL staff. Ever wonder who you need to talk to at ACRL headquarters? Brief overviews of our job responsibilities appear on pages 648–50. Give us a call or send us an e-mail message. We enjoy hearing from you.

—Mary Ellen K. Davis Editor & Publisher

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