University Libraries Prioritizes Subscriptions

August 14, 2020 | UToday, Library
By Staff

In response to the coronavirus pandemic’s financial implications across campus, University Libraries has prioritized its subscriptions available to the UToledo community.

“The assessment of usage statistics plays a major role in our decision-making process,” said Sheryl R. Stevens, director of collection services with University Libraries. “In all probability, the most-used resources will receive top renewal priority.”

In addition, decisions are based on whether a resource is critical to research, teaching and learning at the University, Stevens added.

“Resources deemed core receive our top renewal priority,” she said.

So far for fiscal year 2021, 14 resources have not been renewed. As other subscriptions come up for renewal, that list may grow as the library addresses a budget reduction of nearly $487,000. After factoring in annual subscription inflation, the library is projecting total resource cuts of about $660,000.

“We will do our best to keep essential resources in all of the academic disciplines that need University Libraries’ support,” Stevens said. “Access to existing OhioLINK full-text journals and books seems assured at this point.”

And campus community members will have a new resource: Cambridge University Press E-Books, thanks to a five-year agreement through the OhioLINK library consortium.

“This new agreement opened up access to almost 9,000 scholarly e-books on more than 30 different subject areas at the Cambridge core platform,” Stevens said. “These books also can be discovered and accessed via our online catalog.”

All of the newly accessible titles have publication dates of 2015 to the present, and titles published by Cambridge through 2025 also will be accessible to OhioLINK libraries.

For the latest information on resource cancellations and additions, visit the University Libraries’ subscriptions guide.

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