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Serials Review & Cancellation Project 2003-2004

March 2004 Update

We are nearing completion of the initial phase of the Serials Review & Cancellation Project. There is a link, above, to the lists of serials proposed for cancellation, effective in 2005, that have been identified by subject liaison librarians and faculty from academic departments. It is important to note that many of the titles to be cancelled will continue to be available online in full-text.

This project could not have been accomplished without the collaboration and thoughtful deliberations of University faculty. Due to this hard work, the Library collections budget is better prepared for the annual impact of excessive inflation in serials costs in the coming few years.

October 2003 Letter from the University Librarian, Debbie Masters, to the University community:

During the 2003-04 academic year, we need your engagement and advice as the J. Paul Leonard Library undertakes a serials review (journal subscriptions and databases), in order to reduce expenditures on continuing commitments within our static collections budget.

Why now?

Since 2001/02, the Library's annual budget has been $3,051,298. Despite the budget reductions we all have experienced, the University Administration has so far protected the Library collections budget from experiencing actual cuts. Nonetheless, 2004/05 will be the third consecutive year with no increase in funding to reflect increases in materials costs. The result is a dramatic increase in the proportion of the collections budget devoted to periodicals, serials, and ongoing commitments to electronic resources. In contrast to books, these resources typically have subscription prices that increase annually at a rate of 8% - 12%.

What is a serials review?

We will review the journals and databases to which we subscribe and cancel enough titles to reduce our expenditures by $500,000, the amount of the unfunded inflationary increases. The purpose of this review is to keep those resources that are most important to our users. It is also an opportunity to refine our subscriptions to better reflect current curricular needs.

How will the Library conduct the serials review?

Each college and department has a library subject liaison who will coordinate the serials review for the departments, programs and colleges they serve. In consultation with the faculty, they will identify the titles we will cancel. We will need to proceed in a deliberate fashion during the fall and spring semesters to enable us to have decisions completed by the end of April 2004.

When can I expect to be contacted?

You will be hearing from your library subject liaison within the next few weeks. The library subject liaisons, as well as David Hellman (hellman@sfsu.edu), Acting Collection Development Coordinator, LaVonne Jacobsen (lavonne@sfsu.edu), Head of Collection Access & Management Services, and Debbie Masters (dmasters@sfsu.edu), University Librarian, are available to meet with your departments or colleges.

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