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Serials Review 2006

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Journal lists to review
By Title
By Subject Area/Call No.
By School/College Lists

More Information
Why review?
Timeline
Factors to Consider
FAQs

Subject Librarians

Serials Review Process
Letter to Deans & Chairs
Letter to the Faculty
Results

Serials Review History
2000 Review
2003 Review

What is a Serial?
Why are serials being reviewed?
What are the guiding principles behind the serials evaluation?
How will individual serials be evaluated?
How can I get access to titles once they have been cancelled?
Can the library save money if it purchases only online journals?
Can I donate a personal journal copy to the library?
What is the cause of the serials crisis?
Who should I contact for more information?

What is a Serial?
Serials include journals, magazines, newsletters, directories, indexes, statistical series, and monographic series, in all formats (paper, electronic, CD-ROM, diskette, fiche and others). They are subscribed to on an ongoing basis.
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Why are serials being reviewed?
Serials costs have been increasing between 8%-12% per year, exceeding the cost of living and far exceeding library budgets in general. In comparison, books have been increasing at approximately 2-3% per year. To prevent serials from consuming the entire acquisitions budget, we must look at cutting back on some of the serials we purchase.
Learn more about the serials crisis in research libraries in the U.S.
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What are the guiding principles behind the serials evaluation?
The library represents a shared and public resource for our communities.
In making serial decisions, our guiding principles are:
1. To develop and sustain the best possible collection with funding available to support research and teaching.
2. To maintain balance among subject areas, intellectual levels, audience groups, etc.
3. To retain the financial flexibility to purchase important new resources when the opportunity arises.
4. To work closely with faculty in serials cancellation decisions.
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How will individual serials be evaluated?

The evaluation of serials will involve a combination of quantitative, qualitative and cost measures. All cancellation decisions will be made after consulting with faculty.  Please review our Process and Timeline.
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How can I get access to titles once they have been cancelled?

Articles and other documents that are required but no longer subscribed to at GA Tech will still be available through Interlibrary Loan (ILLiad). This service is free to members of the GA Tech community. In most cases, articles will be delivered directly to your desktop.
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Can the library save money if it purchases only online journals?

It depends. The subscription model differs from publisher to publisher. With some publishers, online access comes "free" with a print subscription. Other publishers provide a small savings for online-only access. In making the decision to purchase online-only information, the library needs to evaluate whether it should keep receiving print as an archive for future generations of researchers. Currently, there is no reliable electronic archiving model. In addition, some of the publishers only "lease" their information to us, which means that if we cancel our subscription, we are left with no access (even to the years to which we subscribed!) Going online-only is a very serious decision that needs to be made publisher-by-publisher, and often title-by-title.
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Can I donate a personal journal copy to the library?
The Library appreciates the offer, but in most cases, publishers have different pricing structures for individuals and institutions and the cost to individuals is typically much less. Publishers do not expect the personal copy to be used in a Library, and doing so may violate a subscription agreement. In addition, arrangements for using personal copies may result in significant delays, gaps in coverage, and other problems for library patrons.
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What is the cause of the serials crisis?

For many years, increases in the prices of library materials in all formats (including more recently electronic) have generally exceeded-sometimes significantly-increases in library acquisitions budgets. Libraries have worked hard to minimize the effects of this imbalance, but we are now reaching a point at which many institutions, including GA Tech, are for this reason no longer able to provide access to some materials needed for instruction and research. To read more on the issues and suggestions on what you can do, please visit CreateChange.org.
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Who should I contact for more information?

Your Department’s Subject Librarian or

Serials Review Committee
Nancy Simons
Head, Collection Development
nancy.simons@library.gatech.edu
894-1387

Lori Critz
Reference & Subject Librarian
lori.critz@library.gatech.edu
385-4392

Bonnie Tijerina
Electronic Resources Coordinator
bonne.tijerina@gatech.edu
385-2044

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