FAQ's - Subscription Cancellation Project 2014
What materials are being evaluated?
The Library will be reviewing print and electronic journal subscriptions, electronic databases and other resources that are recurring in cost.
How will the Libraries decide which journals and databases to cancel?
The review process takes into account a combination of quantitative, qualitative and cost measures, and we have provided some of that data on the review lists to help inform your feedback. But the most important element of the decision-making process is your feedback, it is crucial that we hear from faculty and students about the resources they consider most critical to teaching, learning and research.
Will it be possible to review the entire list of serials and databases under review?
Yes. Databases and journals are compiled on separate lists and you can review all titles on each list or review by College. Lists are available in an excel spreadsheet or via an online form. Links to lists are available here – Databases and Journals. If you have questions about specific titles, you may contact your department's Subject Liaison Librarian.
How can I participate in the serials assessment?
The Libraries encourages feedback from all UNLV faculty and students. Full details on participating in the review are available here. For full consideration, please submit your feedback by April 25th 2014.
If I state my concerns about canceling a title, will it automatically be retained?
The Libraries are committed to providing resources that are critical to teaching or research at UNLV. It is, however, difficult to guarantee that all desired subscriptions will be retained. If a journal you recommended the library keep is canceled, access to articles will be available either electronically or in print through Interlibrary Loan. will be retained. If a journal you recommended the library keep is canceled, access to articles will be available either electronically or in print through Interlibrary Loan.
When will the cancellations go into effect?
Journals and databases are ordered and paid for several months before the beginning of the subscription year. Therefore the serials assessment/review needs to take place during the spring and early summer months. The cancellations will go into effect next Fiscal year 2014/2015.
How can I get access to titles once they have been canceled?
Access to articles in journals no longer subscribed to by the Libraries may be available in electronic format through full-text databases or electronic journal packages subscribed to by the Libraries. You may also obtain a print copy of articles through Interlibrary Loan.
What will happen to the online backfiles of a journal if the current subscription is cancelled?
Typically the Libraries will maintain electronic access to the subscribed years and, in most cases, the previously paid backfiles of a journal.
Who should I contact for more information?
If you need additional information or have concerns that you would like to share please contact:
Cory Tucker, Head of Collection Management
Subject Liaison Librarian for your discipline