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Friday, November 5 • 3:00pm - 3:50pm
Evaluating Library Resource Subscriptions: A Case Study

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The need for reviewing library subscriptions is ever present. Beyond the annual renewal there is a need to periodically evaluate the use of subscribed materials to ensure good stewardship of the subscriptions budget, essentially making sure the library gets the most bang for the buck from the subscriptions. This program will describe a periodic, comprehensive review of subscriptions conducted in a small research library. It will describe elements of a subscription review as identified in the library literature, discuss what factors influenced the design of the review as conducted, discus what elements were included in the review, and summarize the results.

Discussion will include the need for doing periodic comprehensive reviews, the importance of communicating with stakeholders, how the analysis varied by the various types of subscriptions (individual journal, journal package, full-text database), the criteria used to analyze the relative importance of individual titles, and the methods used to analyze packages and full-text databases.

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David Alexander

Head of Resource Management, The University of South Dakota
Online subscriptions, interlibrary loan, supporting Native American students

Friday November 5, 2021 3:00pm - 3:50pm CDT