Shared advocacy through data-looking beyond the high cost of journals


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Academic libraries have a long history of advocating for additional funding for their collections. One strategy is to partner with a Faculty Senate Library Committee (FSLC) to take on the cause. In Spring 2011 OSU Libraries began this process by presenting our FSLC with a range of data they could use to tell our story to the Faculty Senate, campus administration, and other stakeholders. We will continue to work with them to advocate for our collections budget. As we explore these issues for our campus, larger questions come up. Which data best promotes libraries? What are additional strategies to pique campus stakeholders’ interest in a library's success? How can assessment data be used to strengthen our case for a better budget? Should libraries focus on our diminished purchasing power or our increased partnerships with faculty?

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Shared advocacy through data-looking beyond the high cost of journals

  1. 1. Shared advocacy throughdata – looking beyond the high cost of journalsby Jane Nichols & Andrea WirthOregon State University LibrariesCharleston Conference 2011
  2. 2. Making the case…0 Data shows we’re good stewards of current budget- what we have gets used well and we let go of what is not needed0 We have a variety of data that shows where we’re not able to fulfill campus research & instruction needs0 More is required to meet campus aspirations
  3. 3. Invitation0 Campus faculty appointed to work with library administration0 Build a case for improving collections budget using data
  4. 4. Faculty Senate Library CommitteeLearn more!
  5. 5. Inspiration from others0 Who are the patrons/what do they need and use? (Queens Library)0 Do we spend the $$ we have wisely? (University of Victoria)0 Do our resources match curricular changes and institutional directions? (Saint Xavier University)0 Story telling and example “plots” (ER&L 2011) “Lightbulb, in Glass and Chocolate” JanneM on Flickr
  6. 6. Data availableUse-based Budget0 ILL services 0 Peer comparisons 0 Scan & Deliver 0 Projecting Rising Costs0 Local Journal Utilization (eg. Curricular changes) Report (LJUR)0 Circulation Collection Gaps0 E-resources use 0 Wishlist 0 New program reviews 0 LibQual+ comments
  7. 7. Scan & DeliverMost Requested Print Title 5/10-5/2011 Number of RequestsJournal of Personality and Social Psychology 165Journal of Wildlife Management 155Journal of Consulting and Clinical 109PsychologyJournal of Counseling Psychology 82Psychological Bulletin 82
  8. 8. Projecting Rising Costs 0 Price increases (do we need to say more?) 0 New tools (ex. Summon) 0 Support for new models of publishing 0 New faculty = new research areas 0 Change in student headcount/FTE 0 Curricular changes 0 What did we forget?
  9. 9. PsycArticlesLevel Full-Time APA Data Fee Equivalents5 15,000-19,999 $20,7756 20,000-24,999 $27,2757 25,000-59,999 $28,3258 60,000+ Contact APA
  10. 10. Category 1 reviews0 New program development process requires library input0 Individually, collection and service evaluation for a particular group of users0 Collectively, can provide insight into collection (and service) strengths and gaps
  11. 11. Category 1 proposals with library funding costs 2009-April 2011 Cost CostProgram Resource (initial) (ongoing) Year Online Encyclopedias andEarth Sciences (BS) Nature Climate Change $12,600 $ 3,500 2011Business Admin (MS) Ebook funding (PDA) $ 2,000 $ 2,000 2011Public Policy (PhD) PAIS database $10,400 $ 10,400 2011Communication (MA) Books and Journals $ 5,433 $ 5,433 2010Energy Engineering (BS) Books and Journals $ 5,400 $ 5,400 2010 Books and 1 journalMedical Humanities (Cert) recommended by faculty $ 1,695 $ 655. 2010F/W administration (MS) databases and ebooks $ 5,350 $ 5,350 2010Sustainability dual degree(BA/BS) AASHE membership $ 1,500 $ 1,500 2010Natural Resources (MS) journals, databases, books $21,500 $ 9,500 2009Total $65,878 $ 43,738
  12. 12. LibQual+0 Foster a culture of excellence in providing library service0 Help libraries better understand user perceptions of library service quality0 Collect and interpret library user feedback systematically over time0 Provide libraries with comparable assessment information from peer institutions0 Identify best practices in library service0 Enhance library staff members analytical skills for interpreting and acting on data
  13. 13. “the people are great, the collections are spotty. I would likemore electronic resources -- but good job getting JSTOR II!!” “Library service overall is very good. It is critical to maintain high numbers of online journals. In the sciences and engineering, if I cant look up an article on my computer and print it on my printer, that article does not exist to me. Have online access to journal articles is my #1 priority.” Learn more!
  14. 14. “The most valuable service that the library offers me is access to online databases of journals and technical articles. I am very satisfied with the library website search capabilities, I just wish we had more articles. I am successful at finding a lot, but there are also a lot that I cant access because we dont have subscriptions to them.""The library service was veryfrustrating to do a “The librarys biggestresearch project remotely flaw is the lack ofwith a paper due in a week ebooks. Everyone hasand not be able to access smartphones, ereaders,information soon enough.“ & tablets & we want ebooks for loan!"
  15. 15. FSLC Reactions0 Status—compare OSU to schools that faculty perceive as “completely inferior”0 Qualitative comments0 Informal peer comparisons
  16. 16. Telling your story0 Audience-who is your story for?0 Scope-tailor details to audience0 Outlet-where will your audience encounter your story?
  17. 17. Discussion questions0 Which data best promotes libraries and tells our story?0 How can collections assessment data be used to strengthen our case for a better budget?0 Should libraries focus on diminished purchasing power or increased partnerships with faculty?0 What resonates with you?
  18. 18. References0 Kusik, J. P., & Vargas, M. A. (2009). Implementing a "Holistic" Approach to Collection Development. [Article]. Library Leadership & Management, 23(4), 186-192.0 Levine-Clark, M., Brooks-Kieffer, J., & McDonald, J. (2011). Making Data Work: Telling your story with usage statistics. Three presentations given at the Electronic Resources and Libraries Conference, Austin, TX. A write-up of the session is available at: conferences/2011-conference/monday-february-28th-2011#040 Murphy, D. O., & Keller, J. A. (2011). Value by the Numbers: Using Performance Metrics in Libraries. Journal of the Library Administration & Management, 7(2), 16-22.0 Oregon State University Faculty Senate. (2011). “Library Committee”. Wooley, W. T. (1983). Motherhood, hard times, politics and the University of Victoria library. Canadian Library Journal, 40, 201-203.
  19. 19. Thanks!Contact InformationJane NicholsCollection Development Librarian for Social Sciences &HumanitiesOregon State University Librariesjane.nichols@oregonstate.eduAndrea WirthCollection Development LibrarianOregon State University