Faced with the prospect of cutting about 20% of our collections budget and having reviewed the subscriptions from the largest publishers, the campus libraries are beginning a review our Springer, Sage and Oxford journal subscriptions, which account for close to $700,000/year of the library collection budget.
Based on past usage patterns and an analysis of alternate access to some of these titles, we will be trimming our subscription spending with these publishers by substituting article-based access and interlibrary loan for the journals that are less used by our campus community, or duplicated elsewhere.
You’ve already “voted” with your usage, but if you wish to offer additional comments on these titles, you will find a list of low use titles in Health & Biological Sciences here.
Or, you can review the entire list of 2,600 titles if you prefer.
Thank you for your input in the review of some of our low usage journals this spring.
992 people participated in the review.
352 of those users were from Health Sciences disciplines.
We received feedback on all 600+ journals on the list, and this information will be very useful to have in the upcoming journal package negotiations.
You can view the responses here.
It will be some time before we know how much this review will help to address what now appears will be a $1,200,000 shortfall in the collections budget.
Since this shortfall represents 20% of the collection budget for the campus libraries, we have been asked to prepare for a 20% cut across all of our collections.
That will amount to around $77,000 for the Health Sciences Library.
Sadly, most of this will have to come from our journal subscriptions, since we had already pared back our book spending in 2011 when we started purchasing books only on demand.
We will do our best to minimize the impact of these cuts, but they will be painful because they are so deep. In many cases, we will have to settle for access rather than ownership of needed material – hardly a sound or sustainable strategy for building or maintaining a research library collection.
Shoutout to our own Barb Jones for her Valuing Library Services Calculator, which was mentioned in this season's BMJ (British Medical Journal) Insider's Quarterly Newsletter!
"Put your library where the money is: Free ROI calculator"
BMJ Insiders's Quarterly Newsletter, Spring 2016
What is your library worth to your institution?
How much would it cost to replace your library services on the retail market? Calculate what it would cost to buy library services – at a book store, through pay per view for articles, from an information broker – if you and your library weren't there.
In honor of Memorial Day the Health Sciences Library will have reduced hours Sunday, May 29, noon until 5:00 p.m,. and will be closed Monday, May 30,
Dr. David Brogan MD, MSc is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Orthopedic Surgery at the School of Medicine. He won the Brian Abel Smith Prize for Health Policy Dissertation at the London School of Economics, a resident research grant from the American Society for Surgery of the Hand, as well as a recent KL2 Mentored Career Development Award. He has also co-authored multiple publications with the London School of Economics on a range of health policy topics, particularly focusing on the utilization of financial call options to stimulate neglected research. This is an ongoing collaboration with the London School of Economics and the Missouri Orthopedic Institute.
For more information on Dr. Brogan's research interests and publications, click here.
Dr. Brogan recently published in Globalization and Health, transdisciplinary journal that situates public health and wellbeing within the dynamic forces of global development.
Brogan, D. M., & Mossialos, E. (2016). A critical analysis of the review on antimicrobial resistance report and the infectious disease financing facility. Global Health, 12, 8. doi:10.1186/s12992-016-0147-y
Here are some of Dr. Brogan's thoughts on Open Access:
Why did you choose to publish in an Open Access journal?
I’m quite pleased with the idea that open access journals enhance the abilities of all interested parties to learn more about a topic and greatly enhance the exchange of ideas across may disciplines.
Would you publish in an Open Access journal again? If so, why?
Yes, absolutely, it was a great experience and I would welcome the opportunity to do so again.
After you graduate, the MU Libraries will still be here to serve you. To find out more about the resources available to alumni, visit Library Resources for Alumni.
All of us at the MU Libraries, wish you the very best in your future endeavors!
This week's open access blog post features Dr. Akwi Asombang. Dr. Asombang is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine in the Department of Gastroenterology and Hepatology at the School of Medicine. Her research and clinical interests include gastroenterology, endoscopy, colonoscopy, and global health, specifically raising awareness and improving GI knowledge and patient care in resource limited settings.
Dr. Asombang recently published in World Journal of Gastroenterology, a weekly peer reviewed open access medical journal that covers reserach in gastroenterology.
Asombang, A. W., Kayamba, V., Lisulo, M. M., Trinkaus, K., Mudenda, V., Sinkala, E., . . . Kelly, P. (2016). Esophageal squamous cell cancer in a highly endemic region. World J Gastroenterol, 22(9), 2811-2817. doi:10.3748/wjg.v22.i9.2811
Taira got another Culture of Yes stripe to add to her growing collection! She now has one each for care, deliver, and serve!
Please feel free to consult Taira regarding quality improvement projects or literature search questions.
Dr. Frank W. Booth, PhD. is a Professor in the Department of Physiology & Pharmacology at the School of Medicine, the department of Nutrition & Exercise Physiology, and is a Research Investigator at the Dalton Cardiovascular Research Center. His research interests currently include elucidating mechanisms underlying the decreases in physical activity and gaining a better understanding of why cardiorespiratory fitness, or VO2max declines as an organism ages. Dr. Booth has published over 220 publications and has numerous national and international honor awards from exercise biology organizations. To learn more about Dr. Booth, click here.
Dr. Booth published, along with several University of Missouri doctoral students, in Public Library of Science (PLoS One), an open access journal for science and medicine.
Ruegsegger GN, Company JM, Toedebusch RG, Roberts CK, Roberts MD, Booth FW. (2015) Rapid Alterations in Perirenal Adipose Tissue Transcriptomic Networks with Cessation of Voluntary Running. PLoS ONE 10(12): e0145229. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0145229
We’d like your feedback about whether to use scarce funding to purchase a new scanner for the photocopy room of the Health Sciences Library. We have two models on trial. They are easy to use, and you can send to your cell phone, e-mail or a jump drive. Please feel free to stop by and give them a try.