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University Libraries 2010 Fall Report: Collections

This report highlights current activity across University Libraries. This information is being shared in advance of the annual fall meeting with Chairs, Directors, and Departmental Library Representatives and will provide background for discussion at the meeting.

Current Collection News & Projects

  1. Elsevier Journal Backfile.    OhioLINK has closed a deal for $3.8million to add to the OhioLINK EJC the complete Elsevier journal backfile, which includes 3.9 million articles published from 1823 through 1994.  University Libraries will contribute a total of $230,000.00 over three years to fund our portion of this deal.  Articles are scheduled to start loading to the OhioLINK EJC in January 2011.
  2. OhioLINK Collections stable.   There have been no major cuts to OhioLINK collections this year.  After the dramatic changes of 2009, a year of stability has been welcome!
  3. Open Access Journal Collection Memberships.   University Libraries has started subscription accounts with Hindawi Publishing  and BioMed Central, two well-known Open Access journal publishers.  These subscription memberships, paid for by University Libraries, will greatly reduce or eliminate your individual publishing costs in these journals.  Please review these web sites and direct any questions to Kay Downey  (, Collection Management Librarian.
  4. Collection de-duplication, weeding, and storage.   In order to make our in-house collections more efficient and responsive to your research and teaching needs, we are accelerating our 5-year-old programs that de-duplicate, weed, and relegate to storage certain portions of our collections.   Expect to be consulted by your subject librarian in the coming years as these programs accelerate.  Please share any questions and concerns with Tom Klingler (, Assistant Dean for Systems & Technical Services.
  5. Strategic One-Time Purchases.  This year an historic accounting anomaly allowed us to make one-time purchases of some significant research collections, including  The New York Times 1851-2006 online backfileThe United States Serial Set 1789-Current online, and Early English Books Online.
  6. New College and New Programs.  This year the libraries started new collection funds for five new departments in the new College of Public Health and rearranged collection funding in the reorganized College of Education, Health, and Human Services.
  7. Hathi Trust and Project Gutenberg.  We have loaded nearly 500,000 records for public domain ebooks from the Hathi Trust and Project Gutenberg into KentLINK. The Hathi Trust content includes the public domain portion of the Google Books Library Project.  Project Gutenberg is one of the oldest open ebook projects, having begun in 1971.  Soon Kent staff will add all of these records to the OhioLINK Central Catalog for the benefit of all OhioLINK users throughout the state.


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, more than 12 thousand scholarly journals, and hundreds of research databases for students, faculty and staff.
  2. This year's library collection budget allocation was increased 5% ($232,229) to $4.701 million.
  3. Last year, overall serials inflation at Kent State averaged 5.2 %  a 1% decrease from the previous year.
  4. This year, $1.6 million, one-third of the budget, will be spent for OhioLINK content. This is average for our size institution and budget.
  5. $2.04 million will be spent for Kent serials and databases.
  6. $838,000 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. Foundation Directory Online  This year we susbcribed to Foundation Directory for all 8 campuses.  Get going on your grants research by searching all 9 Foundation Center databases at once.
  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.  This year we added subscriptions to the Arts & Sciences VIII and the Business III collections;  thus, we continue to maintain access to all of the major JSTOR collections.
  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.   Be sure to check out the Newsletters section; our account allows you to sign up for these newsletters.
  6. eBook Collections    Keep track of our ever-growing e-book collections.


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.