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University Libraries 2009 Fall Report: Collections

This very brief report highlights current collection activity in the University Libraries. Please review this information before the annual fall meeting with Chairs, Directors, and Departmental Library Representatives and bring any questions for discussion to the meeting. 

Current Collection News & Projects

  1. Budget Cut.    With your help, we were able to meet our $175,000 collection budget cut by July 1, 2009. A comprehensive review of our journal subscriptions resulted in our cancelling 790 paper titles, about 20% of our remaining paper journal subscriptions.
  2. OhioLINK Database Cuts. The Spring 2009 OhioLINK research database cuts, or "restructuring," resulted in our paying an additional $ 44,000 to maintain the same current suite of OhioLINK research databases. The single largest portion of this amount was the $21,000 in new funding that we had to spend to maintain our access to the PsycINFO research database.
  3. OhioLINK Electronic Journal Center (EJC) Cuts. OhioLINK is currently engaged in a review of 7 publisher packages in the EJC, conducting a cut or "restructuring" like the database cut in the Spring. Current plans indicate that we will have to spend an additional $82,000 to maintain access to the same current suite of EJC journal titles. This process will not be complete until about December 2009.
  4. Potential cut of the ISI Web of Knowledge databases by OhioLINK. As part of the OhioLINK central budget cuts, OhioLINK is looking at potentially cancelling the ISI Web of Knowledge (also known as the ISI Web of Science or the ISI Citation Databases) and replacing them with Elsevier's Scopus. ***Please review these products and let your subject librarian know if you can live without the ISI Web of Knowledge.***

Collection Budget Facts

  1. For an average of about $120 per person per year, the library collection budget provides access to millions of books and media materials, thousands of scholarly journals, and hundreds of research databases for students, faculty and staff. (Not bad when you consider how far you can get with $120 in the bookstore!)
  2. This year's library collection budget allocation was increased 5% ($221,168) to $4.469 million. At the same time, we gave back $175,000 in a budget cut, yielding a net increase of $46,170.00 -- about a 1% net increase.
  3. Last year, overall serials inflation for us averaged 6.2 %
  4. This year, $1.5 million, one-third of the budget, will be spent for OhioLINK content. This is average for our size institution and budget.
  5. $1.9 million will be spent for Kent serials and databases.
  6. $1 million will be spent for Kent books and media.
  7. We continue to limit book budget carry-forward to a maximum of 10% of your initial allocation.
  8. The order deadline for books remains May 1.

Featured Collections

  1. eBook Collections    Keep track of our ever-growing e-book collections.
  2. ARTstor  The library subscribes for all 8 campuses to ARTstor, a repository of hundreds of thousands of digital images.
  3. JSTOR   The library susbcribes for all 8 campuses to all the major JSTOR journal collections, which now exceed 5 million journal articles.
  4. ebrary Nursing e-book collection   The library susbcribes to a collection of over 1,200 current, electronic books in nursing for all 8 campuses.
  5. Chronicle of Higher Education The library subscribes to the online Chronicle for all 8 campuses. 

Collection Resources

This Collection Page contains links to key resources on the library collection, including the list of Subject Librarians and departmental Library Representatives, the New Library Materials service, the Active Library Serials service, and our Collection Development Guidelines.

Collection Contacts

For more information about the library collection, contact your Subject Librarian or ask one of the following librarians:

Kay Downey  ( ext. 25000) Collection Management Librarian. Contact with questions on general collection issues, special projects, approval plan, cancellations, statistics, trials, or services. 

Melissa Spohn ( ext. 21682)  Head of Acquisitions and Serials. Contact with questions on departmental funds, orders, serials, media, or the approval plan.

Tom Klingler ( ext. 21646) Assistant Dean for Systems and Technical Services. Contact with questions about this page, the collection budget, our collection practices, or OhioLINK collections and services.