Proposed reductions to journals and databases in 2012

Due to flat or reduced state appropriations in past years, an impending reduction in state funds for the next biennium, and annual inflation rates of 8-10% for journal and database subscriptions, UT Health Science Center librarians are preparing a “worst case scenario” list of possible reductions to the library’s collection of journals and databases.  Librarians used criteria for possible cancellation such as cost/use over $25, annual subscription cost greater than $1,000, and less than 100 uses in the last calendar year.  The list of possible subscription cancellations includes 172 titles and 10 database or electronic book collections.

In addition to the library’s local collection, The Libraries currently participate in the UT System Digital Library which coordinates consortium licenses for a number of journal packages by publisher, including Elsevier, Wiley, Springer and a number of other publishers.  These consortium licenses have been of tremendous benefit to all UT System institutions by expanding the number of journals and databases accessible at UT campuses.  However, the downside to consortium licenses is that participating libraries are not allowed to cancel their subscribed titles or are only able to cancel a small percentage of titles.  In order for the Health Science Center Libraries to operate within available funds, we  must plan for the possibility of dropping out of several UT System Digital Library consortium licenses.  The list of possible titles that will be discontinued due to loss of consortium access numbers over 3,900 and includes subscribed titles from UT Austin, UT Southwestern, UTMB and other UT libraries.  In the event that a journal title must be canceled, interlibrary loan services will be available to provide needed articles.

The Library Committee with representatives from each school has been consulted as librarians have developed plans to operate within available funds.  We ask that you carefully review each list of possible cancellations on the library’s website, at http://www.library.uthscsa.edu/about/subscribed.cfm, and that you notify the library if any of the journals on the lists are important to your teaching, research, or clinical duties.  Please send comments to John Weed, Head of Collection Resources, weedj@uthscsa.edu.

Rajia Tobia
Executive Director of Libraries

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