Serials Review Project 2020

Final list of journals and databases for cancellation

The UNLV Libraries would like to thank faculty, students, and staff for providing thoughtful ratings and comments on the list of journals and databases that have a high cost per use and/or are somewhat duplicative in content.  After receiving and carefully considering feedback from the campus community, the Libraries has published a final list of journals and databases for cancellation: 

The cancellation dates vary, but campus will continue to have access to most of the journals and databases until late fall 2021.  The date of cancellation for each journal and database is listed in the spreadsheets.  Please note that for most journals, UNLV has archival rights, so the University will not lose access to back issues of most journals.  In addition, the Libraries’  Interlibrary Loan department facilitates electronic delivery of needed journal articles from outside our collections within 24-48 hours from request.

Why we are beginning a serials review project now

As UNLV moves into uncertain budget times, the Libraries is taking steps to be prepared and responsive to the impacts on our collection acquisitions funding. We are planning for flat or reduced collection acquisition funding in FY21 and beyond. Even with flat funding, the impact of inflation (on average 6% on continuing collection resources) will mean that we will be unable to maintain our existing collections and cuts will be necessary. 

Contractual obligations to our journal and database vendors specify timeframes in which to renew or cancel resources. These timeframes may not align with the evolving budget situation and so it is necessary for us to proceed with planning for cuts now, ahead of firm budget figures. Undertaking this project now will mean we will be well positioned to respond to the budget as it is finalized. 

In this climate, the Libraries is planning for $750k in cuts to collections. This will enable us to absorb the impacts of ongoing inflation (on average $450k annually) on multi-year flat budgets, and help offset any reductions to collections funding. Cutting resources from the collections requires difficult choices and broad input from the campus is crucial to ensure that the best possible decisions are made in this difficult environment. Our aim is to minimize the impacts of these cuts on campus by employing a combination of reduced book acquisitions and cancelling subscriptions to journals and databases. UNLV Libraries’ collections staff continuously monitors use of the collection and has identified a set of journals and databases that have a high cost per use and/or are somewhat duplicative in content, which are available below:

Review list by October 2, 2020

We ask you to fill out the spreadsheets and send your responses via email to librarycdm@unlv.edu with the spreadsheets attached by October 2, 2020.  Remember, this list is a list of potential cancellations and the appearance of a title on the list does not mean it will definitely be cancelled. Find more information on the description of the process, providing feedback, and the timeline for the review.

Our commitment to providing research resources

The UNLV Libraries remain committed to providing the research resources and supporting your research and teaching needs to ensure UNLV remains an R1 institution. We work constantly to maximize the value of the collections budget through robust negotiations with vendors to cap inflation and leveraging the buying power of our consortial partnerships including the Greater Western Library Alliance (GWLA). Our discovery environment enables patrons to search and identify needed articles regardless of whether they are held by UNLV Libraries. Additionally, our Interlibrary Loan department facilitates electronic delivery of needed journal articles from outside our collections within 24-48 hours from request.

Open Access Initiatives

UNLV Libraries is also committed to many open access initiatives as a way to bring about change in the scholarly communication system. We work to inform and educate the UNLV community on how to share their scholarship in an open way, and the benefits of doing so. By shifting the business and financial models of journal subscriptions, we hope to build a more sustainable and equitable system that will free libraries of untenable subscription models and pricing. Thank you for your time and consideration on this project.

Who to contact

Cory Tucker, Head of Continuing Resources & Collections
Email: cory.tucker@unlv.edu
Phone: 702-895-2133
or the Subject Liaison Librarian for your discipline

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