Collections Review Update - November 18, 2015

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Attached is the advice of the Library’s Collections Review SubCommittee on our review of the Cambridge, Oxford, Wiley and Springer journal packages. After several months of analysis and consultation we have arrived at a list of journals classed into three categories:

  1. Journals we are retaining, R
  2. Journals we are retaining in full text aggregators.  We currently subscribe to a number of these databases, through which we get access to the full text thousands of titles, however, this access generally excludes the most current year, RA
  3. Journals for which access starting in January 2016 will cease, C

Starting in June, 2015, the data collected in the Journal Retention Survey was combined with use and cost data from all of the journal titles in each of the four packages under consideration; Cambridge, Oxford, Wiley and Springer.  We had just under 500 responses. This included 334 faculty members/instructors, 143 graduate students and 4 undergraduates. The vast majority of the participants were members of the Faculty of Science.

There are two use metrics used in analyses of journals, they are;

  • The average number of downloads over the past three years; and
  • The number of current year downloads in the current year, i.e., this provides an indication of how important the current year's content is in this context.  

Subject librarians advised the committee of important journals in all subject areas.  This was an important step, as use metrics do not favour the social sciences and humanities as well as they do the sciences.

Providing Feedback

Please contact the University Library via your subject librarian & faculty rep Beth Maddigan beth.maddigan@mun.ca. Beth will compile your list of recommendations and forward them along to the Chair of the Collections Review SubCommittee, Erin Alcock ekalcock@mun.ca  

Beth is available for consultation (864-2188, or by email beth.maddigan@mun.ca) if you would like to know more about the details of the Library’s process for determining the journals to be cancelled.

Update: More information on the 2015-2016 Collections Review can be found on the Memorial University Libraries’ website.