Serial Assessment Comes of Age Diane Carroll Washington State University Libraries February 2010
Purpose of a Serials Decision Database • To provide objective information to be reviewed subjectively. • To organize the information in a way that the selectors are not overwhelmed by data. • To cumulate information needed to assess the collection in one place where it can be manipulated. Metz and Cosgriff (2000). “Building a comprehensive serials decision database at Virginia Tech.” College and Research Libraries 61(4): 324.
Compiling the data• Title, ISSN• Citation analysis Articles written by WSU authors Journals cited in those papers• Usage data (downloads; print usage)• Interlibrary loans requested• Cost
Manipulating the data• Cost/use• Calculate the percentage of downloads coming from aggregators• Calculate the percentage of uses coming from JSTOR• Using multiple variables to assign a priority Evaluating the collection Individual selection decisions
Priority of title High Use (1) Medium Use (2) Low Use (3)Number of WSU authoredpapers from 2006 to 2008(ISI) >10 5 to 10 <5Number of WSU cited papersfrom 2006 to 2008 (ISI; >5) >40 10 to 40 <10Print usage >250 40-250 <40Full text/PDF downloads >250 40-250 <40Interlibrary loan requestsover the last 12 months >15 5 to 15 <5
Priority 1-3 Consortia No (no Aggregator access TOTAL: Current archival (no except No permanent subs rights) ownership) ILL subscription 1 1107 86 108 58 252 2 1942 418 274 493 1185 3 4401 1069 218 1861 3148Total 7450 1573 600 2412 4585
Making the decisionsCancellations Additions• Post-cancellation rights • Priority is based on to online version? recommendations, ILL• No cancellation requests and citation allowance from the analysis license• Percentage of cancellations allowed?
WSU serials decision database TITLES: The Library needs to cancel 8% or $2900. Circle the titles you would cancel. (Tips: 4% of Wiley- Post-cancellation Blackwell spend is $1200; Pullman Campus rights (Perpetual 2010 FY10 Collection 1% of ScienceDirect is Library location access or archival estimated notes; $600) and format rights) price American Bee Journal Owen-Prt $28 FY10 - This site license is only for html access and PDF Owen-Prt and are still pay per view. online via Sigma Xi; Also no archival Internet via EBSCOhost: No rights. American Scientist EBSCOhost archival access $408 Wiley: Electronic; Cancellations limited Internet via Wiley- EBSCOhost: No to 4% of total spend Animal Genetics Blackwell archival access $1,186
Sample serials decision database• You have been asked to cancel 8% of your journals costs – roughly $2900.• Using the sample serials decision database, decide which titles you would cancel to reach this amount.
Conclusions• Assigning priorities help the selector from being overwhelmed by data• Objective information aids in consensus building for collection decisions• The serial decision database is a tool; the decisions are subjective.
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