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Serials Management Project 2010

For over a decade, managing serials collections in academic libraries has been a challenge in an environment of annual serials price inflation of 5-9% and budgetary uncertainty. During this time, the UCI Libraries acquired access to a significant number of new serials to support growing and new academic programs.  At the same time, UCI negotiated aggressively to get the best deal possible for access to licensed resources.

Given the budget situation this fiscal year, we must address current and anticipated permanent budget cuts in order to achieve a balanced collections budget. We will try to do this while maintaining support for the teaching, research, and clinical priorities for library resources.

One strategy is to minimize the duplication of content, and to give preference to digital over print format when content is equivalent. UCI Libraries has been successful in reviewing serials for format duplication, and eliminating duplicate print subscriptions whenever possible. We will continue to follow this approach as more publishers allow us to switch to "e-only" subscriptions.

Another strategy is to cancel serial subscriptions that are low use or where similar content exists in another source.  These strategies have been implemented on both the local scale and throughout the University of California system.

May 2010

The California Digital Library (CDL) negotiates several systemwide licenses to ejournal packages on behalf of the UC system.  Due to tough negotiations and the constrained budget situation on each of the campuses, the number of titles for various ejournal packages has been scaled back: InformaHealthcare; Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins; Mary Ann Liebert; and Taylor & Francis. The list of discontinued titles is here.

Again, these titles are being discontinued on a system-wide level.  Please contact your Subject Librarian or Lorelei Tanji, AUL for Collections by Wednesday, June 30.

April 2010

In an effort to reduce recurring expenses, we have continued to review our local holdings as well.  The serials lists below are divided in two and sorted alphabetically by department, then title.

1.  Low Use or Similar Content

This list is composed of serial titles that are low use or where similar content exists in another source. The subscriptions to these titles will be discontinued.  

2.  Duplicate Formats

We are continuing to convert our subscriptions to "e-only" whenever the publishers allow this.  We plan to keep the electronic subscription and to not renew the print subscription. Thus online access to these titles will continue to be available to UCI users. If the print versions are needed as a backup, users will be able to receive articles via digital desktop delivery or interlibrary loan.

While we have carefully reviewed these titles, we understand that there may be special circumstances concerning a particular title and we ask that you inform us of that and share comments by contacting your Subject Librarian or Lorelei Tanji, AUL for Collections by Wednesday, June 30.

July 2009-January 2010

The serials lists below are divided into three and are available alphabetically by publisher and by department:

  1. Duplicate Formats

    The first list is composed of print titles where we subscribe to both print and electronic versions. We plan to keep the electronic subscription and to not renew the print subscription. Thus online access to these titles will continue to be available to UCI users. If the print versions are needed as a backup, users will be able to receive articles via digital desktop delivery or interlibrary loan.

  2. Low Use or Similar Content

    The second list is composed of serial titles that are low use or where similar content exists in another source. The subscriptions to these titles will be discontinued.

  3. Inactive Serials or Completed Series

    The third list is composed of serial titles that represent completed series or have not had any activity for over two years.  The subscriptions to these titles will be discontinued.

Your support of this serials management project to reduce recurring expenses will help us to maintain access to critical library resources during these challenging economic times.

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