2020-21 Subscription Review FAQ

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2020-21 Subscription Review FAQ

Is there a Subscription Task Force this year?

This year, the subscription review process will be implemented by the Western Libraries. The process, which was developed by the 2019-20 Task Force, is intended to be both recurring and sustainable. As such, ongoing implementation is the responsibility of library professionals, whose core job duties include stewarding university scholarly resources. The Task Force, having done the initial heavy lifting, has completed its charge. We are grateful to the non-library colleagues who served on this labor-intensive group, and we plan to carry their work forward without asking any more from our faculty peers.

How was the current subscription reduction process developed?

Have interlibrary loan (ILL) costs been factored in to the subscription review?

How was the draft cancellation list generated?

Can you tell me more about the qualitative criteria?

How can we produce innovative scholarship, research, and creative activity without access to current published research and databases?

Why does the Libraries make changes to Western’s subscriptions?

What scholarly resources are eligible for cancellation this year?

What about subscriptions that were purchased using decision package funds?

How does the library get usage statistics?

How is three-year cost-per-use (CPU) calculated?

Are there alternatives for access to canceled journals, other than interlibrary loan?

Will I have a chance to provide feedback before a resource is cancelled?

If I use a journal regularly in one of my classes, will the Libraries keep it?

Will the Libraries be budgeting any less for books?

Can I suggest a new subscription?

How can Western faculty support sustainable scholarly communication?

Why is this subscription review and reduction happening now? Didn’t we do this a few years ago? Will this continue to happen?

How will one-time spending reductions in FY21 and possible permanent budget cuts in FY21-23 impact the collections budget?

Why are there not enough funds to support subscriptions? If the university changed its funding practices and increased the Western Libraries collections budget, would this solve the problem so that we would never have to make cuts again?

What is the current long-term subscription management strategy in the face of the current scholarly publishing landscape?

What happens if we choose not to participate in this process? Can’t you just say no to cutting any subscriptions?