Since the database/serial subscriptions encompass the largest part of the acquisition budget, this will be our main focus for this project; however other areas may be impacted as we work through the process.
Our goal is to ensure that every subscription up for renewal undergoes careful consideration and evaluation before being renewed.This will allow us opportunities to reduce costs by cancelling under-used subscriptions, subscriptions that are not cost-effective or overlap substantially with our other resources.
A review of our databases has not been done in recent years, and although the drop in the Canadian dollar has made this a necessity it is also an opportunity to examine our digital collections and their usage. There may be a variety of reasons why some of them are not getting used to their potential including content duplication, changes in course/program foci, and discoverability.
It is our hope that this review project will help identify these types of resources allowing us to build and strengthen our collections to support current and future teaching, learning and research needs. We also want to ensure that Library funds are being used effectively, and in a responsible manner. We appreciate the understanding and input of our community during this project.
2016-2017 = $105,054
2017-2018 = coming soon