The occupational therapy department at VCU recently started it's distance education occupational therapy doctorate (OTD) program. It has been frustrating to the OTD students that the major journals in our field (American Journal of Occupational Therapy, Occupational Therapy Journal of Reserach, and Occupational Therapy International) are not available electronically. While Illiad is a great system for ordering articles, they do not always make it to the students quick enough to incorporate into dicussions or assignments. What are the chances of getting access to these journals electronically in the near future?
From: Stacey, faculty
Lynne Turman, Head of Tompkins-McCaw Library Collections responds....
VCU Libraries is aggressively building its collection of online journal titles to meet the needs of all students and faculty in our Schools. The shift from a primarily print collection to an electronic one incurs additional expense as publishers often charge more for the online version of a journal. We attempt to monitor new distance learning programs and plan for changes to our journal subscriptions but cannot always provide an online version due to budgetary constraints. Distance education students can request copies of articles at no charge through the Illiad service.
In the case of the 3 titles you mentioned, I am pleased to report that all of these will become available online in January, 2007. Until that time, you should continue to use Illiad to request needed articles.