The first issue of ACCESS: Asia’s Newspaper on Electronic Information Products & Services was published in 1992 in Singapore by Knowledge Share International for the companies which later became the iGroup. Its role was to showcase the new databases and storage technologies which libraries in Asia could deploy for their students and faculty.
Through the years ACCESS reported every quarter on electronic publishing news, conference dates and features on what libraries in the region were doing. From CD-ROM to CD networking, from hard disc to internet delivery, ACCESS covered it all.
Each issue was mailed free of charge to 3,000 addresses in the Asia Pacific region, a cost partially covered by advertising. But none of the 83 print issues recovered their production and mailing costs, hence goodbye print, hello digital. Some of the print issues can be found in the ACCESS archives on Aardvark.
The last print issue, published in December 2012, was succeeded by ACCESS@librarylearning space.com. Overnight, distribution jumped from 3,000 street addresses to 61,000 email addresses. The reporting of the website and ACCESS eNewsletter is broader than the print edition covering copyright issues, online learning, data curation, digitization as well as product, publishing and technology news. There’s also more news from libraries in the Asia and Pacific region. You can register on the home page to receive the free of charge twice-monthly ACCESS eNewsletter by email.
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