By: Kris Alpi
Dear CVM Community,
Many of you have already participated in discussions around the Libraries’ budget challenges and the need to reduce journal spending for 2015. If you have not heard about this yet, please see the background information that follows my short message.
The list of approximately 900 potential journal cancellations for your review and ranking is available as an online web form or as a downloadable spreadsheet (csv format). In addition to titles, publishers and cost, the data considered also includes journal impact factor, electronic usage downloads, and the numbers of NCSU citations to and publications in each title over the past 5 years. For guidelines and instructions for ranking and submitting your feedback, consult the Review Process web page or the “How to Use this Tool” link within the online web form.
Please provide your feedback and ranking of titles important to your work by Friday, March 21, 2014. If you have any questions, please email us or call me at 919-513-6219. Thank you for participating in this process.
Background information disseminated February 24:
The Libraries needs your help in preparing for FY 2014/2015 cuts to the collections budget of approximately $750,000 – about 7.5% of the 2013/2014 allocation. Projected budget reductions from the university, combined with expected inflation for journals and databases of $550,000 (at a 7% annual inflation rate), necessitate preparations for steep reductions to the collection. Reductions at this level will require a review of current library collections, including a comprehensive review of all journal and database subscriptions, to prepare for cancellations of approximately 625 journal titles for early 2015.
Staff from the Libraries met with the University Library Committee in October 2013 and the Departmental Library Representatives in November 2013 to discuss the strategy for reviewing titles and a communication plan for soliciting feedback from faculty, staff, and students. Library Representatives suggested and strongly endorsed a data informed process where subject specialists from the Libraries review usage data, citation and publication activity at the university, disciplinary trends, price, and impact factor to compile and present a potential cancellation list for review and ranking by the NC State community. Per the request of the Departmental Library Representatives, the list of approximately 900 potential journal cancellations is presented for review and ranking as an online web form or as a downloadable spreadsheet (csv format).
For guidelines and instructions for ranking and submitting your feedback, please consult the Review Process web page or the “How to Use this Tool” link within the online web form.
Your participation – by communicating with your colleagues, assessing potential approaches to these cuts, and reviewing proposed cancellations – is critical in making the best possible decisions during this difficult period. As evidenced by the over 11 million uses of the collection over the past year, the collection is essential to research and teaching. We appreciate your guidance in managing this crisis.
An FAQ is available that addresses a number of potential questions about the collections review including the Libraries’ commitment to document delivery for canceled titles, moving journal titles to electronic only to realize savings on subscriptions, and the timeline for the overall process.
Please share your comments, concerns and feedback with:
Interim Head, Collection Management
Associate Director for Collections and Scholarly Communication