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Friday, November 5, 2010
This session presents the results of a three-year project at Auburn University Libraries to systematically identify online options for all paid serials subscription titles. The main objectives of the project were to identify: 1) those titles for which online is not available and must remain as print only subscriptions; 2) those titles for which print could be dropped completely for online only subscriptions; and 3) those titles for which print plus online subscriptions are still bundled together. A further objective was to identify those print plus online subscriptions for which online access had not been activated. A final objective was to record why some print subscriptions are maintained even when an online option is available. Now that the project is completed, Auburn has a better grasp of how much of our serials collection is still print-based and likely to remain so. We must now consider the implications for future staffing and workflow decisions. Comments and discussion from session attendees regarding their own libraries’ findings will be encouraged.