In the last newsletter, I discussed our move from print journals to online access. With the new subscription year underway, several decisions made last year are now being realized.
Decisions to cancel print titles don’t happen easily. We make sure that online providers are stable, that the version is the same as print and offers the capability of printing a pdf document and not just an html or text copy. If we find that an online title has been dropped which we formerly purchased in print and the title is deemed important to the subject area, with statistics showing a pattern of use, it is our policy to reinstate access to that title.
These are only a few of the changes we have made that will help stretch our shrinking budget. While we traditionally expect at least an annual 10% increase in subscription costs, our materials funds have not increased. For the last three years, we have managed to absorb periodicals' inflation costs by cancelling duplicates and low use titles as well as moving toward electronic access. The combined buying power of the CSU has helped through Chancellor’s Office negotiations with various publishers. Thus the impact has not been felt as badly by our periodicals collections as in our book collections. But that’s another story.