- The New York Times
- The Wall Street Journal
- Chronicle of Higher Education
This is our second big subscriptions review; please visit Library Subscriptions Review - Collections Task Force for the results of our first review of FY 18 cancellations.
Evaluation criteria, in alphabetical order:
- Coverage Available in Subject Area. Library faculty are aware that each journal publishes unique content, and that this fact underlies the reasoning in having subscribed to the resource in the first place.
- Existence of a Program or Major in the Subject Area Covered.
- Faculty Rating of Importance.
Faculty rating, and comments, from last year’s library subscriptions survey on importance of a resource have been invaluable.
- Journal Impact Factor and/or Eigenfactor.
- Overlap of content in existing databases. Duplication of content can occur between databases that also contain significant unique content, so the library may have had access to serials in some form included in another database subscription.
- Price. We will never cut a title merely because it is expensive. All other criteria come into play in the consideration of any high-priced resource, because if we subscribed in the first place we did so for reasons relating to their significance.
- Print v. Online. Some subscriptions are available both in print and online. When we have a choice, we retain what we perceive to be the most useful format—generally considered to be the online version, which is available remotely, 24/7.
- Usage. When ordering resources, the library is in a constant battle between “just in case” and “just in time”. We also know that some resources are used for courses that may not be taught every single year. We also know that some programs have more students than others and are taking this into account in our assessment of ‘low’ v. ‘high’ usage of titles in those areas.
|Databases||Subject or Discipline||End Date|
|NISO Membership||General/Library Sci||6/30/2018|
|Choice Review on Cards||General/Operational||12/31/2018|
|GOBI EOCR Services||General/Operational||6/30/2018|
|GOBI Library Solutions Service||General/Operational||6/30/2018|
|Library Lit & Info Science||Library Science||6/30/2018|
|ACM Digital Library||STEM||12/31/2018|
|Format||Serials / Standing Orders||Subject or Discipline||End Date|
|Serials||Art in America||Art||1/31/2019|
|Serials||Human Organization||Art and Humanities/SS||12/31/2018|
|Serials||Journal of American Studies||Art and Humanities/SS||12/31/2018|
|Serials||Journal of Research on Adolescence||Art and Humanities/SS||12/31/2018|
|Serials||African Studies||Arts and Humanities||12/31/2018|
|Serials||China Quarterly||Arts and Humanities||12/31/2018|
|Serials||Ethics||Arts and Humanities||12/31/2018|
|Serials||Journal of Near Eastern Studies||Arts and Humanities||12/31/2018|
|Serials||Journal of Religion||Arts and Humanities||12/31/2019|
|Standing Order||Advertising Red Books||Business||6/30/2018|
|Serials||Fortune (Domestic ed)||Business||6/30/2019|
|Serials||Journal of Management Studies||Business||12/31/2018|
|Serials||NBER Macroeconomics Annual||Business||12/31/2018|
|Standing Order||Publication Design Annual||Business||6/30/2018|
|Serials||Review of Economic Studies||Business||12/31/2018|
|Serials||ASHE Higher Education Report||Education||12/31/2018|
|Serials||Journal of Experimental Education||Education||12/31/2018|
|Serials||New Directions for Community colleges||Education||12/31/2018|
|Serials||New Directions for Higher Education||Education||12/31/2018|
|Serials||New Directions for Student Services||Education||12/31/2018|
|Serials||New Directions for Teaching and Learning||Education||12/31/2018|
|Serials||Theory & Research in Social Education||Education||12/31/2018|
|Serials||Extra! (the Newsletter of FAIR)||General/Journalism||12/31/2018|
|Serials||Journal of Multicultural Counseling and Development||HHS||12/31/2018|
|Serials||Journal of Aging and Social Policy||HHS||12/31/2018|
|Serials||Sight and Sound||HHS||12/31/2018|
|Serials||Journal of Women & Aging||HHS, Law, SS||12/31/2018|
|Serials||Collection Management||Library Science||12/31/2018|
|Serials||Library Journal (incls Bookverdict)||LIbrary Science||12/31/2018|
|Serials||Better Homes and Gardens||Popular||12/31/2018|
|Serials||Readers Digest (US edition)||Popular||12/31/2018|
|Serials||Runner's World (US)||Popular||12/31/2018|
|Serials||Sports N Spokes||Popular||12/31/2018|
|Serials||Presidential Studies Quarterly||SS||12/31/2018|
|Serials||College Art Association of America Basic Membership||12/31/2018|
For any research or resource questions, please refer to our list of subject specialists to contact a librarian within your discipline for assistance. We are ready and willing to work with you on the following:
- Locating alternate resources in our existing and shared library collections to support your teaching, research, scholarship and creative works.
- Investigating open education/open access resources to support your teaching, research, scholarship, and creative works.
On Increasing Costs Over TimeThe increasing cost of academic journals--a problem that every university library faces--is outpacing the national rate of inflation. One can follow the trend from this chart, provided by the University of California Santa Barbara's "Budget Challenges" subject guide, and reproducd in the University of Maryland "Why Do We Have to Cut Journals?" subject guide:
A recent Library Journal article providing more information about the rising cost of journals, as well as the average cost per journal by discipline, may be found here.
On the state of St. Cloud State University Library in Particular (derived from SCSU Library data):
In FY 2008, serials and databases made up 80% of the SCSU University Library budget. Over time, costs continued to rise, but funds became scarce. As the Library experienced budget decreases, the collections budget became depleted by ongoing subscriptions for databases and journals, leaving no funds for books or DVDs.
Jo Flanders, Associate Professor / Electronic Resources & Serials Librarian, firstname.lastname@example.org
Mary O'Dea, Assistant Professor / Emerging Technologies & Systems Librarian, email@example.com
Olivia Olivares, Associate Professor / Research Librarian, firstname.lastname@example.org
Rachel Wexelbaum, Associate Professor / Collection Management Librarian, email@example.com