Subscription Review Report to Faculty

Monday, Oct. 18, 2010 8:24 am

The Libraries wish to thank the faculty for their hard work and time during the Serials Review that took place last academic year. Over a period of several months, faculty collectively reviewed every Library journal and database subscription and recommended a large number of changes. As a result of those changes, the Libraries gained the budget flexibility to add a significant number of new journal and database subscriptions and an additional pay-per-view service. All of these new subscriptions (102 so far—85 journals and 17 databases—with more to come) and the pay-per-view service were specific requests by individual faculty which were then thoughtfully prioritized at the department or concentration level. To create the budget flexibility we needed to add these new subscriptions, departments and concentrations recommended ending or changing formats for 454 existing subscriptions (canceling 145 and changing formats for 309). Besides the new journal subscriptions, new database/full text subscriptions include Art & Architecture Complete, BioOne.1, China Academic Journals Database, Congressional Record Permanent Digital Collection, Digitale Bibliothek Deutscher Klassiker, JSTOR (four additional collections), Latin American Newspapers (through the Center for Research Libraries), LION (Literature Online), The Literary Encyclopedia, National Newspapers Core, New York Times Historical, Pravda Digital Archive, and PsycBOOKS. We also purchased the microfilm collection Red Stockings (an archive of the Feminist movement of the 1960s and 1970s). Some of these new subscriptions have already begun and all the rest (including the new journal subscriptions) will begin by January 2011. In addition, the Libraries added a second pay-per-view service to complement the ScienceDirect pay-per-view service that has been in operation since June 2008. The new Wiley pay-per-view service provides article- and chapter-level access to approximately 1,500 journals, 9,000 books, and hundreds of multi-set reference works and other publications of John Wiley & Sons, Blackwell, and other well-known scholarly publishers owned by the Wiley corporation. Wiley pay-per-view has been in operation since early September. Overall, through a thorough review of our subscriptions we have significantly increased the number of resources to which the campus has access within this year's budget allocation. The Libraries thank the faculty for their participation in the 2009-10 Serials Review. If you have questions or comments, please feel free to contact Richard Fyffe, Librarian of the College ([fyffe] or x3351) or any of the Consulting Librarians (http://www.grinnell.edu/library/facstaff/consultinglibs).