Subscription Review – Spring 2017

Subscription Review – Spring 2017

Western Washington University continues to work toward a sustainable subscriptions strategy as it projects continuing cost increases for library resources. Increases are primarily the result of escalating subscription prices, compounded at an annual average of 6 percent.

Key documents describing last year’s subscription reduction review process are listed to the left. In summary, last October the Faculty Senate charged the Senate Library Committee’s Sustainable Access Task Force (SATF) to, in part, recommend transparent guidelines and processes that would result in subscriptions’ expenditure reductions.

In early 2016, Western estimated it needed to reduce FY17 subscription expenditures by $315,000, or approximately 15 percent of its base subscriptions budget. In June, after applying SATF’s recommendations and allocating $85,000 in one-time funds to retain selected high-use subscriptions, Western ultimately reduced subscription expenditures by $225,000.

Subscriptions identified for cancellation in FY16 took effect on January 1, 2017. Western Libraries is committed to ensuring that students, faculty, and staff have access to resources that support their teaching, learning and research. To minimize disruption, the Libraries will continue to prepare and educate the university community on alternate access to cancelled content.

In Spring 2017, Western will begin renegotiating FY18 license agreements for two more journal packages.  The size and scope of price increases may impact immediate access to some titles.  The Western Libraries will work closely with the Senate Library Committee and university faculty to make strategic, sustainable decisions regarding these negotiations.

If you have any questions about the subscription review process, please contact Collection Services.