The 2016 journal subscriptions were selected to acquire as many titles as possible from the lists of essential journals most departments submitted. The ways by which e-journals are made available by publishers varies widely, which means we have access to some titles that do not appear on the faculty lists because they are included in a package. The library identified some titles that were not on faculty lists but were used over a three-year period at rates which warranted selection. In addition to usage, which took the relative size of the discipline on this campus, other considerations included: cost per use and borrowing requests.
The next steps require the involvement of faculty; this group will craft parameters to guide decision-making, so that the collection of journals are linked even more directly to the university’s research. Each department and institute now has a library liaison and this group will be asked to consider supporting the Senate ad-hoc committee’s recommendations (April 2015) for a smaller, representative group of liaisons (the Senate has not acted on this committee’s recommendations) and a mechanism for communicating with the faculty and students. Some of the considerations include:
- Making choices among an annual subscription and borrowing or purchasing articles.
- How to incorporate the needs of doctoral students?
- What should be considered “low use” particularly when it disproportionately affects one discipline?
- Devising a rational method for a 7% reduction
- Whether or not a formula for allocations to disciplines or departments makes sense for our university
- How to address new or emerging research areas in a timely manner?
- How to address the impact of new programs (with new faculty)?
Decisions for the 2017 subscription year need to be made by July 31, 2016. We hope that you will contact your library liaison or the firstname.lastname@example.org with your ideas or suggestions about your needs.