Linda Brown, Collection Development Coordinator
This year the decreasing support from the State of Ohio had its effect on the library. A 3% reduction in the library materials’ budget coupled with soaring journal subscription costs at an annual rate of 8% to 10% resulted in pro-active steps to help us stretch our subscription dollars over as many journals as possible.
As a first step, we believed it was prudent to cancel our print subscriptions that duplicate e-journals subscriptions in the OhioLINK Electronic Journal Center. In March 2002 we launched the Serials Management Project and we invited all department chairs and library representatives to review the cancellation of duplicate print subscriptions in their fields for five major publishers including Elsevier, Kluwer, Springer, Wiley, and Academic Press.
Overall, we received good cooperation from all departments that resulted in the cancellation of most of the print subscriptions that are duplicated in the OhioLINK Electronic Journal Center, effective January 2003. Due to inconsistent electronic content a few titles will be continued in print. We anticipate approximately $97,000+ savings to the library materials budget due to these cancellations. The current list of titles to be cancelled is posted at the Serials Management Website at: http://www.bgsu.edu/colleges/library/infosrv/smp/smp.htm.
As you review these titles, should you notice any that present critical problems with access to journal content, please contact Linda Brown, the Collection Development Coordinator (email@example.com) no later than May 10.
We appreciate your contribution to this process and your concern for the provision of information resources for the university community. Thank you for your ideas and recommendations.