Winter 2022 Subscriptions Update: How to Share Your Input

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Posted on: Monday, February 7, 2022 - 10:27am

Winter 2022 Subscriptions Update: How to Share Your Input 

The 2021-22 subscription review list is now available for Western Washington University student, faculty, and staff input. As a reminder, Western Libraries does not have to make any subscription cancellations this year, but is moving forward with continuing a deliberate, strategic, annual review of subscriptions to ensure that the university’s subscriptions portfolio remains dynamic and relevant–especially in the context of Western’s curriculum, growth, and emergent needs. 

Students, faculty, and staff can visit the Libraries Subscription Review webpage to see the subscription review list, learn more information about how the list was generated, and find instructions on how to submit input.

Departments are not required to submit single, unified responses; instead, students, faculty, and staff have until Sunday, March 6 at midnight to submit individual feedback. Faculty, staff, and students may also continue to submit requests for new subscriptions, which will feed into next year’s review. Western Libraries Subject Teams are also available to meet with any interested department, institute, or group, to answer questions and hear feedback. We hope people will take every opportunity--individual or departmental--to communicate their needs.

In late winter and early spring, the Libraries will examine the feedback and explore the possibility of voluntary subscription swapping. We will continue to communicate updates via the Subscription Review site; the Library News and Western Today; department chairs; faculty governance and other leadership groups; all-faculty emails; and the Libraries’ Subject Teams. Any subscription “swaps” will be announced by the end of spring quarter. If you have any questions, please reach out to the Libraries’ Subject Teams or contact the Libraries’ Collection Services division.

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