Scholarly Resources: Principles

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Scholarly Resource Reduction Principles

Whenever selecting, evaluating, and prioritizing scholarly resources, our highest priority is to provide access to the core content that directly supports research, teaching and learning on campus.  The principles the Library considers in its evaluation of resources include:

  • Each resource will have a positive impact on scholarship
  • Resources will be discoverable by our users. (We seek resources provided by publishers/vendors that supply records to populate our discovery layer and catalog?)
  • Core resources are in a format, with a user interface and terms of use, that enable scholarship.
  • The current price and recent history of price increases by a publisher/vendor is considered relative to the use of a given resource.
  • We prioritize original content, and avoid duplication of content/indexing.
  • We engage in cooperative agreements/memberships to leverage accessible resources when appropriate.

The following general tactics and areas of inquiry will guide our process as we propose and make decisions about reductions, allowing for exceptions as needed.

  • Reduce duplication of journals in multiple formats.
  • Reduce duplication of content among print, microfilm, electronic or multiple physical locations
  • Scrutinize microfilm subscriptions to see if available in another format or available through cooperative collection partner (e.g., CRL.)
  • Reduce indexing and abstract databases based on review for  duplication of coverage, usage, etc.  Focus content discovery through a smaller portfolio of discovery and indexing tools.
  • Nominate resources that we could negotiate with vendors for lower costs; consider switching vendors based on offers received.
  • Review print reference subscriptions to identify possible cancellations.
  • Nominate resources for which to negotiate better prices.