OhioLINK, a library consortium of 89 Ohio college and university libraries and the State Library of Ohio has just concluded a 3 year negotiated deal with Elsevier, a noteworthy publisher for the sciences and engineering. OhioLINK users have been accessing about 2400 Elsevier journals to date. Now OhioLINK users will have 24/7 electronic access to historic backfiles of Elsevier journals. In some cases, these backfiles run for more than 100 years. Now Ohio researchers may use their institutional logons to access Elsevier scholarly journal articles in the sciences, social sciences, and humanities.
So if you no longer see backruns of favorite Elsevier journals on library shelves, it may be that academic libraries now rely on this new electronic acquisition to minimize storage of print journals and maximize library space for study, group work, and other purposes. Yes, academic library collections are shifting from print to electronic formats where that makes sense and cents.