Himmelfarb Headlines - November / December 2018

Flat Collections Budget Results in Journal Cuts

Flat Collections Budget Results in Journal Cuts

Providing access to scholarly resources is one of Himmelfarb’s core services. We connect our users with the resources needed to support teaching and learning, clinical care and research. Due to the combination of a flat collections budget and continued rising subscription costs, Himmelfarb was faced with identifying opportunities for cost savings within our collections budget in the current fiscal year. Subscriptions to scholarly journals and databases have steadily increased by five to seven percent each year for the last few years. A flat budget simply does not provide enough funding to maintain existing subscriptions with their ever-increasing costs.

Following a comprehensive review of our collection subscriptions, 50 titles have been identified for cancellation. To minimize the impact of cancellations on teaching and learning, research, and clinical care, Himmelfarb has identified resources for cancellation using the following criteria:

Low usage

High cost-per-use

Content available in other resources (i.e. full-text databases)

Titles identified as “not important” or “not familiar” in the 2018 Faculty Journals Survey

No faculty publications in journal during the past 3 years

A complete list of cancelled titles is available below. The majority of these cancellations will be effective as of January 1, 2019.

Himmelfarb is committed to  providing access to needed scholarly resources, even in the face of reduced journal subscriptions. Users will will be able to access many of the cancelled resources through the Himmelfarb website. For a significant portion of the cancelled titles, access will be maintained through aggregator databases (such as MEDLINE, CINAHL Plus, and Academic Search Complete). Database access often includes an embargo period (typically 1 year) during which time the most current materials may not be available. Depending on license agreement terms with affected journals, the library may retain access to the content published during the years for which Himmelfarb subscribed. However, these cancellations may result in a loss of access to current content.

On a positive note, resources that are no longer available as a result of these cancellations (including journal articles) can be requested through Himmelfarb’s Documents2Go (ILL) service. Through this service, Himmelfarb can locate and borrow materials from a nationwide network of libraries. In most cases, articles are delivered within 24-72 hours. SMHS, GWSPH, and SON students, faculty, and staff may request up to 15 items free of charge during the period of January-July (Spring and Summer semesters), and an additional 15 free requests from August-December (Fall semester). Simply log in with your GW Net ID and password to place a request. More information about this service is available on the Interlibrary Loan and Document Delivery guide.

Click here to view a complete list of cancelled titles.


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