To meet this year’s subscription reduction target, the Libraries is asking for university-wide feedback on two lists of subscriptions. Given their professional expertise, faculty librarians could make cancellation decisions using existing data; however, the makeup of the university’s subscriptions is a wide-reaching issue, and the Libraries believes that every member of the Western community should have the opportunity to provide input if they wish.
The first list, the Draft Cancellation List, includes 35 journals and databases. These titles have been identified based on a variety of quantitative and qualitative criteria and will be cancelled or retained based on the feedback received. The second list, Package Review List, includes titles from two large journal packages: one from publisher Taylor & Francis (T&F) and one from the American Chemical Society (ACS). The Libraries may need to break these packages in order to meet reduction targets and is seeking input on what titles and subject areas are of most value to the university. This input will inform upcoming negotiations with both Taylor & Francis and ACS, providing critical context to help the Libraries advocate for the best possible subscription outcomes.
Departments are not required to submit single, unified responses; instead, students, faculty, and staff have
Survey will take 15-20 minutes to complete.
Survey will take 30-60 minutes to complete. We recognize that the number of titles included on this list may be overwhelming; to make the survey more manageable you may opt to respond to just a subset of subject areas.
To help guide the university through this process, the Western Libraries Subject Teams will be available to meet with any interested department, institute, or group, to answer questions and hear your feedback. We hope you will take every opportunity--individual or departmental--to communicate your needs.