Subscription Review – January 2020 Update

Subscription Review – January 2020 Update

Print Periodicals Review – January 2020 Update

This winter, the Libraries will be conducting a targeted review of print periodicals with the intention of withdrawing volumes duplicated in digital format on the JSTOR platform. The goal of the project is to provide better support and a sense of community for graduate students, by relocating the graduate studio from the fifth floor of Wilson to Haggard Hall 2. In order to make best use of the space, the Libraries will need to consolidate the majority of Haggard Hall collections (which include periodicals and government information) onto the third floor. Additionally, reviewing these duplicate periodicals is part of an ongoing effort to meet the needs of library users more effectively. Digital periodicals—particularly on stable platforms like JSTOR—provide a convenient and accessible researcher experience, and in the past two decades the format has rapidly overtaken print as the standard for scholarly journals.

The review process will not result in any loss of content in the short- or long term. The Libraries is only considering withdrawing volumes that the university owns permanently via JSTOR, a not-for-profit organization that hosts journal content and ensures long-term access and preservation. JSTOR guarantees its content in perpetuity, via either the platform itself or the trusted third-party repository, Portico. JSTOR content is high quality, downloading at 600 DPI, and the company will re-scan journals as needed to remedy any errors users do encounter.

The Libraries will be reviewing, moving, and staging duplicated periodicals for review throughout winter quarter. Librarians will manually check the highest-use titles to verify the completeness of JSTOR copies. In late February, university faculty will be invited to review the titles as well, and will have until the end of the quarter to suggest titles for further vetting. Librarians will review these requests and ensure that only titles and volumes with complete, high-quality online duplicates are withdrawn. The actual, physical withdrawal process will begin during spring break.

The Libraries welcomes feedback about this project and will work as transparently as possible, sharing updates here and via Western Today, faculty governance channels, and department chairs. If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, please reach out to your Subject Team, the Collection Services division, or the Director of Collections. We will do our best to respond within five business days.