home Budget, J. Otto Lottes Health Sciences Library What the Collections Cuts Mean for You at the Health Sciences Library – Update

What the Collections Cuts Mean for You at the Health Sciences Library – Update

As previously announced, we took a data-driven approach to absorb the impact of journal price increases.

We focused on maintaining access to as many as possible of the 800+ health sciences journals you viewed at least 100 times in 2019.

Journals which cost over $1500 were subject to additional scrutiny.

Of the journals we have access to, 19 are over $10,000 per year and 40 are over $5,000 per year.

You can view the complete list of the health sciences journals we still have access to here.

19 Journals over $10,000/yr

Advanced Drug Delivery Reviews — Elsevier
Analytica Chimica Acta — Elsevier
Anatomical Record — Wiley
Behavioural Brain Research — Elsevier
Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications — Elsevier
Clinica Chimica Acta — Elsevier
European Journal of Pharmacology — Elsevier
Gene — Elsevier
Human Gene Therapy — Liebert
International Journal of Pharmaceutics — Elsevier
Journal of Cellular Physiology — Wiley
Journal of Chromatography B — Elsevier
Journal of Morphology — Wiley
Life Sciences — Elsevier
Molecular and Cellular Endocrinology — Elsevier
Molecular Microbiology — Wiley
Molecular Reproduction and Development — Wiley
Social Science and Medicine — Elsevier
Theoretical and Applied Genetics — Springer Nature

40 Journals over $5,000/yr

American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine — American Thoracic Society
Antioxidants and Redox Signaling — Liebert
Antiviral Research — Elsevier
Archives of Biochemistry and Biophysics — Elsevier
Biochimica et Biophysica Acta (BBA) – General Subjects — Elsevier
Biochimica et Biophysica Acta (BBA) – Molecular and Cell Biology of Lipids — Elsevier
Cellular and Molecular Life Sciences — Springer Nature
Cellular Signalling — Elsevier
Chemico-Biological Interactions — Elsevier
Clinical Anatomy — Wiley
EMBO Journal — Wiley
Experimental Eye Research — Elsevier
Experimental Neurology — Elsevier
Free Radical Biology and Medicine — Elsevier
Hearing Research — Elsevier
Human Genetics — Springer Nature
International Immunopharmacology — Elsevier
Journal of Cell Biology — Rockefeller University Press
Journal of Controlled Release — Elsevier
Journal of Ethnopharmacology — Elsevier
Journal of Microbiological Methods — Elsevier
Journal of Molecular Biology — Elsevier
Journal of Neurochemistry — Wiley
Journal of Neuroscience — Society for Neuroscience
Journal of Neuroscience Methods — Elsevier
Journal of Neurotrauma — Liebert
Journal of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Analysis — Elsevier
Journal of Physiology — Wiley
Journal of Proteomics — Elsevier
Nature Reviews Cardiology — Springer Nature
Neurocomputing — Elsevier
Neuropharmacology — Elsevier
Neuropsychologia — Elsevier
Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews — Elsevier
Pharmacology Biochemistry and Behavior — Elsevier
Progress in Neurobiology — Elsevier
PROTEOMICS — Wiley
Toxicology and Applied Pharmacology — Elsevier
Toxicology Letters — Elsevier
Virus Research — Elsevier

 

Remember that if we don’t have access to the article you need, we will pay to get it for you. Click Findit@MU or bookmark this order form to request your article.

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Taira Meadowcroft

Taira Meadowcroft is a Health Sciences Librarian at the University of Missouri. She focuses on quality improvement, reference, and marketing for the University of Missouri Libraries.

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University of Missouri Libraries Will Transition to FOLIO

The UM Library Council, in conjunction with the UM System ILS Task Force, are pleased to announce that FOLIO has been selected as our new integrated library system. We will begin migration in September 2021 with plans to be fully operational by early summer 2022. We are excited about this opportunity to work with EBSCO as we transition to FOLIO. We view FOLIO as a forward thinking, next generation, open-source system that will allow for growth and customization for the UM System as well as the individual campuses.

We would like to thank the library staff on all four campuses for providing insight and feedback during our recommendation phase. We could not have made this decision without their participation and assessment of each system. Thanks to the task force leading this charge: Stephanie Chinn, Jaleh Fazelian, Corrie Hutchinson (co-chair), Buddy Pennington, Taylor Kenkel (co-chair), and Ernest Shaw.

The transition to FOLIO will impact almost every facet of the library’s operations. We must begin planning for and documenting processes to have a successful roll out and implementation, and we thank the task force for leading this coming phase. We look forward to working together to create a new, vibrant system that will be of use to the UM community.

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What the Collections Cuts Mean for You at the Health Sciences Library

This year, the campus is facing the task of reducing our journal costs by $1.2 million for FY2021, which amounts to a 20% reduction compounded by additional subscription cuts at the UM System level.

What does this mean for you?

  • We will be able to retain access to most of the high use journals, and the highly ranked journals with impact factors in the top quartile.
  • We will need to substitute interlibrary loan & pay per view for some of the most expensive journals, especially the ones costing $10,000/year or more.
  • The library will pay to get any articles you need in journals outside of our subscriptions. The image of findit@MU button button provides the most convenient way to request articles.  You can also submit article requests using this form.

Click here to learn more about our data driven approach to these collections cuts. 

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Taira Meadowcroft is a Health Sciences Librarian at the University of Missouri. She focuses on quality improvement, reference, and marketing for the University of Missouri Libraries.

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How does the Health Sciences Library Compare with its Peers?

The Health Sciences Library recently gathered statistics to report to the Association of Academic Health Sciences Libraries (AAHSL).

This association is comprised of the libraries serving the accredited U.S. and Canadian medical schools belonging to or affiliated with the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC).

As was the case in previous surveys, our collections budget lags behind our peer libraries by over a half a million dollars. Our aspirational peers* have about 4 times more money to spend on collections than we do.

This will make it even more challenging to meet our targets for the current campus wide collections cut of  $1.2 million.

We are using a data driven approach to keep the journals you value the most. Send your journal feedback or specific questions about titles to asklibrary@health.missouri.

*Our aspirational peers are University of Florida and SUNY Story Brook

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Taira Meadowcroft

Taira Meadowcroft is a Health Sciences Librarian at the University of Missouri. She focuses on quality improvement, reference, and marketing for the University of Missouri Libraries.

home Budget, J. Otto Lottes Health Sciences Library Health Sciences Library Budget Update: Data-Driven Approach to Inform 20% Journal Cut

Health Sciences Library Budget Update: Data-Driven Approach to Inform 20% Journal Cut

This year, the campus is facing the task of reducing our journal costs by $1.2 million for FY2021, which amounts to a 20% reduction.  To stay within our budget, we will need to cancel our “big deals” with Elsevier, Wiley, Springer Nature, Oxford and Sage publishers.   

We are taking a data-driven approach to these painful cuts, focusing on maintaining access to as many as possible of the 800+ health sciences journals you viewed at least 100 times in 2019.  Journals which cost over $1500 will be subject to additional scrutiny.   

In order to maintain access to as many of the heavily used titles as possible, we will need to rely on pay-per-view and interlibrary loan access to articles in lieu of subscriptions for high cost and low use journals.  Delivery times will vary from 1 hour to a couple of days.

This process is further complicated by several factors:  

  • The sheer number of the titles owned by these publishers, many with impact factors in the top quartile for their discipline
  • Subscription cuts at the UM System level this year; our campus stands to lose access to about 900 journals unless we can make room for them in our budget
  • The lack of pricing transparency from some of these publishers 

These measures will continue to be necessary as long as runaway price increases continue.   These unsustainable price increases have been going on for years.You may recall that we lost 20% of our health sciences journal budget in 2017, which further hampers our ability to absorb this most recent round of cuts.   

Join us at an upcoming forum to learn about some steps you can take to bring prices under control.   

 

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Taira Meadowcroft is a Health Sciences Librarian at the University of Missouri. She focuses on quality improvement, reference, and marketing for the University of Missouri Libraries.

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Faculty and Graduate Students Invited to Open Meetings About Journal Budget for FY21

Due to increasing costs, the University of Missouri Libraries must reduce collections expenditures significantly this year. We need your cooperation in identifying the resources you rely on most, so we can explore ways to adjust our purchasing over the next few years to better support you. We would like to hear from you, so we are inviting all faculty and graduate students to attend one of these sessions:

Thursday, October 15, 2:00 PM, at https://umsystem.zoom.us/j/96586506251

Wednesday, October 21, 2:00 PM, at https://umsystem.zoom.us/j/93095286723

We have posted additional information on the Libraries’ Collection Development & Management web page, where you can learn more about the issues and leave feedback for us.

We have appreciated the supplemental support from the Provost and the Chancellor in previous years to maintain subscriptions based on research needs and usage. Unfortunately, this year’s funding situation is full of uncertainty. Not only are campus funds falling short, the funding for the subscriptions purchased as a four-campus system has also diminished, and we can no longer commit to the increasing costs of our large journal publisher package subscriptions, i.e. “Big Deals” with the leading publishers: Elsevier, Springer, Wiley, Sage, and Oxford.

Our bundled subscriptions, those that work much like the cable TV bundles, will end December 31st. For 2021, we will shift to a title-by-title selection model. This action will severely reduce our total number of journal subscriptions. Our subject librarians are doing their best to identify the most essential titles to keep, and will consult with interested departments and faculty about these difficult decisions.

Information about the issues and the list of serials to be maintained will be posted on the Libraries’ Collection Development & Management web page. Please be aware that this year’s cut will include highly used journal titles across all disciplines, since we have already made substantial cuts over the preceding several years. We are reducing collection expenditures by $1.2 million, which is approximately 20% of our total collections budget. This action will likely not affect book purchasing because it is a small percentage of the collections budget.

Interlibrary Loan (ILL) and document delivery will remain an effective, efficient means of acquiring materials not held by the Libraries. Most articles requested via ILL are received within one to two business days, but please note that we can experience instances of slower service due to COVID-19 disruptions. We remain committed to obtaining articles for you from all sources, even though this also incurs costs.

The Libraries support collections that are used for teaching, scholarship, research, and professional practice.  The intent is to offer the most comprehensive array of resources that is feasible with our available financial resources. The Libraries Collections Steering Committee and the Subject Selectors meet regularly to deal with the complex issues surrounding the collections that are vital to the success of our students, faculty, researchers, and other professionals in the academic community. Many institutions are experiencing these difficulties, and we continue to monitor national and worldwide trends in open access publishing and library-publisher negotiations to identify opportunities for change.

We share your concerns for ready access to the content you need in order to excel. As in the past, we encourage you to talk with your subject librarian. To ensure that you have the opportunity to learn more about the issues and participate in the conversation, we are scheduling open meetings for you to attend with Matt Martens, Associate Provost for Academic Affairs; Deb Ward, Interim University Librarian; and members of the Libraries Collections Steering Committee.

Lean times can sometimes lead to surprising solutions when people work together.  We look forward to the day when we will have the ability to sustain access to needed collections through new partnerships and new, lower-cost models of published scholarship. Let’s keep the conversation going.

Deb Ward, Interim University Librarian

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No major journal cut for 2018, despite continued increasing journal subscription prices

Primarily due to journal price increases, the University Libraries were once again facing a $1.3 million shortfall in the 2018 collections budget.

Thanks to our University Administration, we will be able to avoid a major cut to our journal subscriptions this year.

With annual price increases far exceeding inflation, increasing funds are needed each year just to maintain our existing subscriptions.

Scholarly publishing is big business. Some of these companies are as large as Delta Airlines, and more profitable than Apple. Publisher profits in excess of 30% a year are not uncommon.

Read more about how some researchers are making strides to create a fair and sustainable way to publish their work, and how several of our own University of Missouri faculty are publishing in open access journals, allowing their research to be accessed freely.

 

 

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Taira Meadowcroft

Taira Meadowcroft is a Health Sciences Librarian at the University of Missouri. She focuses on quality improvement, reference, and marketing for the University of Missouri Libraries.

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University Libraries spared major cuts to collections

Although University Libraries had planned for a $1.3 million reduction in its collection expenditures for 2017-2018, these cuts will not go forward this year. Because of the huge impact this cut would have had on researchers at MU and the other campuses, the University administration has agreed to cover the Libraries’ collections fund deficit. The Libraries are thankful that this decision was made, and we will continue to make every effort to provide the resources that are most critical to the work of our faculty and students.

This year’s projected $1.3 million cut reflected a reduction in the campus budget and expected journal inflation costs. A cut this large in the Libraries budget would have left us unable to afford journal package deals from major academic publishers, and we would have had to start negotiating the purchase of individual journal titles with reduced collection funds. These actions would have affected all UM system libraries due to cooperative buying agreements between the campuses.

Budget shortfalls of this magnitude have been an ongoing problem for the Libraries. Last fiscal year, the Libraries had a $1.2 million collection cut. This led to a 20% cut to the collection funds of all subject specialists. We also negotiated all of our journal packages down, so that we are receiving fewer journals, primarily in the sciences. In addition, the number of journal titles we rent instead of own was increased. Consequently, we continue to work with faculty and students to maintain access to needed resources through Interlibrary Loan service and increased use of open access.

We are happy to report that our collections will be minimally affected by this year’s budget. Some packages will be re-negotiated, and to balance journal cuts to the sciences made last year, the book funds for the humanities and social sciences are being reduced 20%. However, because the increasing cost of journals is an ongoing issue for the Libraries, the subject specialist librarians will continue to communicate with and ask for input from the faculty and students in their areas. Thank you to everyone who has already provided input on collection decisions and please contact your subject librarian with any questions or concerns.

Taira Meadowcroft

Taira Meadowcroft is a Health Sciences Librarian at the University of Missouri. She focuses on quality improvement, reference, and marketing for the University of Missouri Libraries.

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Budget update and library wish list

In the midst of dealing with your own budget adjustments, you may be wondering what’s going on with the libraries. At this point, we are planning for a $1.3 million reduction in the materials budget for fiscal year 2018. Having already reduced our staff by 40% in the last decade, we are unable to reduce staffing much more without significant reduction in services. The Collection Steering Committee is in the process of assessing needs and determining our best options for addressing this budget reduction.


We continue to pursue all available options to support the collections and respond to your needs:

  • You may have seen the recent Missourian article about the libraries’ wish list of books that is being shared with the Friends of the Library and other potential donors. Subject librarians compiled this list, drawing from requests received in the past fiscal year. This list will be posted until August 1. You can help us by sharing the link with any you know who would be interested.
  • Although you are welcome to contribute to purchases on the wish list, we encourage you to recommend additional purchases—of any sort–to your subject librarian at any time. We all maintain request lists to draw from as funds become available. We will make every effort to meet your needs as efficiently as we can.
  • We are grateful for our development team and the donors who have given generously.
  • We are thankful for the support we’ve received from students who voted for the Student Services Enhancement Fee. The University Libraries Student Advisory Council will help us invest those funds in student-focused services.
  • We also appreciate departments and faculty who have collaborated with us in funding resources.

Taira Meadowcroft

Taira Meadowcroft is a Health Sciences Librarian at the University of Missouri. She focuses on quality improvement, reference, and marketing for the University of Missouri Libraries.

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Donate to the Special Collections Wish List

In Special Collections, we provide the opportunity to touch history, creating amazing learning experiences for over 1,500 students whose classes visit our reading room each year.  Special Collections is a fantastic resource for teaching at MU!  But don't take our word for it – listen to what the professors have to say:
 

"Students who go on this field trip always do better in the class as a whole than those who miss the field trip. This is the fourth time I've done this and it's very clear that this experience has a significant impact on student engagement and investment."

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"In both classes, students were substantially more enthusiastic about the material, and had a much clearer understanding of where our texts come from and why they are in the sometimes problematic state in which we possess them."

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"Students were very enthusiastic. 'This was the coolest thing ever!' 'I can't believe they let us touch this stuff!' 'This made the books come to life!'"


The Special Collections librarians have created a wish list of books we would have loved to have on hand for these enthusiastic students and faculty, but weren't able to purchase due to budget cuts.  Browse the full list of titles and donate to support teaching and learning at Mizzou.

Kelli Hansen

Kelli Hansen is head of the Special Collections and Rare Books department.