Changing with the Times: The Evolving Role of the Subscription Agent

Workflow | February 27, 2017

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Dr. Rebecca Pool has written an article in Research Information called “Until the bitter end.” The article examines the evolving role of the subscription agent. Learn what EBSCO thinks about the role of intermediaries.

A recent article from Research Information, “Until the bitter end,” by Rebecca Pool, looks at the traditional roles subscription agents play and how some are evolving alongside the industry as it has shifted from a print environment to a climate of bundling electronic content. It also covers how diversification has been critical for the transition of the subscription agent to the role of intermediary.

In the article, EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) Vice President of Sales UK and Nordics, Gareth Smith points out how intermediaries are at the forefront of technical developments, and how these agents maintain the global knowledgebase and bring workflow benefits to libraries and publishers during the journal and e-package ordering process. Smith also comments on the emergence of open access initiatives and the opportunities they provide to intermediaries such as EBSCO.

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