You probably have already heard about the cut to the MU Libraries Collections planned for the coming year . Here’s what we know as of now about what it will mean for the Health Sciences Library.
Our collections allocation will be reduced about $150,000 compared to last year – a 20% reduction.
Even after drastically curtailing our book spending , we will still need to cut around $100,000 from the journal subscriptions managed by our library.
Also subject to the 20% cut are the centrally administered journal packages from Elsevier, Wiley, Sage, Oxford and Springer. It will be some time before the cut lists for those packages are finalized.
But any cuts to journals in those packages will be in addition to, not in the place of the $100,00 journal cut facing the Health Sciences Library.
The same goes for the electronic resources which are purchased at the 4-campus level via the MERLIN consortium.
We will share more information as it becomes available.
Dr. David Mehr, M.D., is a William C. Allen Professor in Family Community Medicine and Director of Research at the University of Missouri School of Medicine. Dr. Mehr was awarded a $4.5 million federal grant to support a new Center for Patient-Centered Research Outcomes at MU. This interdisciplinary study is bringing together experts from across campus to investigate how to help patients and physicians understand which prevention and treatment options are best for each individual, especially patient who are older and/or dealing with complex chronic diseases.Construction is currenlty underway for the Patient-Centered Care Learning Center.
If you would like to read more about Dr. Mehr, click here for his profile.
Dr. Mehr recently published in BMC Geriatrics, an open access journal that publishes original peer-reviewed research articles in all aspects of the health and healthcare of older people, including the effects of healthcare systems and policies. The journal also welcomes research focused on the aging process, including cellular, genetic, and physiological processes and cognitive modifications.
McMaughan, D. K., Mehr, D. et al. (2016). "Impact of a decision-making aid for suspected urinary tract infections on antibiotic overuse in nursing homes." BMC Geriatrics 16(1): 1-9.
The Health Sciences Library will be open Sunday, July 3 from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. and will be closed on Monday, July 4 in observance of Independence Day.
In order to address the $1.2M collections shortfall faced by the campus libraries, the Health Sciences Library will only have approximately $20,000 in total book funds available in FY2017.
This is approximately $40,000 less than we normally spend on books in a year.
We will also lose access to roughly 3000 online clinical books July 1 when the MOBIUS consortium eMO subscription ends, as there is no money to continue it.
The only way to address this shortfall would be to cut even deeper into our journal budget, where we are already tasked with cutting about $71,000 in subscriptions.
We plan to continue buying books on demand to the extent that we are able, given our reduced circumstances. Once the book fund is exhausted, we will keep the requests on file to buy when money is available again.
In the meantime, you can continue to request books on interlibrary loan at no cost to you.
See anatomy in a new way through mixed media artist Brittany Williamson’s bold interpretations. Come see her study of a model in motion and the striking 5 panel installation of ‘Visualized Anatomy’. Hallsville High school student and art apprentice, Rae, joined Brittany in creation of the installation pieces. The anatomy works will be on display through September 3.
Read more about the display in the June 26th Tribune article, "What a Piece of Work".
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.