UNIVERSITY LIBRARIES SERIALS REVIEW 2011-2012
- Update of Review Outcomes -
The review concluded in the Summer of 2012.
Decisions about cancellations, new subscriptions, and format changes
will be effective January 2013.
Departmental faculty members are asked to assist the University Libraries' faculty
in the first of what we hope will become an annual review of our serial subscriptions.
Serial subscriptions consume the majority of the Libraries' materials budget and we
want to ensure that the resources we acquire are supporting the learning and research
of the university community.
We anticipate that an annual review of serial subscriptions will result in:
- Elimination of journal subscriptions for which need has ceased or diminished over
- Addition of new subscriptions for which need has developed or increased in recent
- Reduction of the anguish that normally accompanies a less frequent review
Between March and April 2012, Library Liaisons will work with Departmental Library
Representatives to review subscriptions attributed to each department or program.
Recommendations for elimination and addition of titles will be forwarded to the libraries'
Collection Management Department and the Dean. In April 2012, the library faculty
will determine which changes will best support the libraries' mission and be accommodated
within the libraries' budget.
To view current subscriptions, click on the link (serial_review_all_subs_2012.xlsx) to download an Excel spreadsheet. Use the drop-down menu under "Fund" to choose
the department name. The list of titles attributed to the chosen department will display.
Please review the list of titles attributed to your department and give us feedback
on the continued value of those titles. We are hoping for an honest evaluation of
each title, regardless of its cost. Please prepare a recommendation that identifies:
- Title(s) no longer of much use to the students and faculty in your department
- Title(s) needed by students and faculty, to which the library does not currently subscribe
Once your recommendation is prepared, please submit it to your Library Liaison. If
you need the name of your liaison check the list at (http://www.memphis.edu/collectionmgmt/liaisons.php). Library faculty will review all of the feedback and make decisions about changes.
Changes to subscriptions will occur at the beginning of 2013.
Subscription decisions are the responsibility of the University Libraries, although
we strongly encourage and give great weight to the recommendations of departmental
Some serial titles have been "attributed" to a department. That means that, when
the subscription was initiated, it was at the recommendation of faculty members in
that department. It does not mean that a "subscription budget" exists for that department.
All subscriptions are paid from the libraries' centralized subscription budget.
Because of continually rising subscription costs (usually about 10% per year), we
cannot add new titles without cancelling titles of a greater value. In spite of
that, we will try to provide the most useful and relevant titles for our students
You will note that some titles are not being reviewed this year. Those titles are
included in an agreement between the publisher Elsevier and Tennessee Board of Regents
institutions, which enables us to enjoy access to ANY title subscribed by any TBR
library. Our obligation, under that agreement, is to maintain through 2014 our subscription
to all our current Elsevier titles. In essence, we are getting 1,776 titles for
the price of 291. Due to that TBR-wide agreement, those titles may not be cancelled
this year. (On the spreadsheet, please see the tab "Additional titles from Elsevier"
for a list of those titles we are receiving as part of that agreement.)