HSL 2010 Journal Review and Cancellation Process – Extended Deadline

Once again the economic environment has compelled the Health Sciences Library (HSL) to conduct a careful review of journal costs. In order to get more feedback, we’ve extended the deadline to submit reviews by a week, to August 6, 2010.

Consequently, the HSL is asking for your help again by sharing this message with faculty, students and staff via any means at your disposal.  Last year, we received over 22,000 individual journal review responses to the list of cancellation candidates. So far this year, we’ve  received close to 9,000 responses, all of which will be influential in the final analysis.

How to Provide Vital Feedback
We need as many faculty, staff, and students as possible to provide feedback via a list of journal cancellation candidates compiled by HSL’s librarians. The public review can also be accessed via the Journal Cancellation 2010 website.  All feedback truly is critical to the process.  Please review the list and rate the titles in your area, along with any other titles of interest.  For more details about the review process, see the FAQ and Cancellation Criteria.

Related Facts & Figures
The cost to renew all existing subscriptions for journals and databases, without adding any new content, is projected at around $3,000,000 for 2010/11. Due to budgetary constraints and demand for new journals and materials, HSL must find savings in our acquisitions budget. Our goal is to keep as much valued content available as possible and minimize negative impact on our users.  The list of more than 170 titles represents potential savings of more than $270,000. This figure exceeds our targeted savings goal of $200,000 because we expect that your feedback will necessitate keeping some of the items on the list.

"Nature" of a Library-Journal Skirmish
Finally, recent national coverage of the public dispute between the University of California and the Nature Publishing Group provides UNC-Chapel Hill library users with an interesting insight into the relationship between a library and the publishers of academic journals and publications that are crucial to the everyday life of a research university.  You might want to read more about the situation and HSL’s perspective on the situation via the "Nature" of a Library-Journal Skirmish story currently posted on our homepage.  As part of our ongoing efforts to keep in touch with our users’ thoughts and concerns, we actively encourage  you to use the option to “comment” once you’ve read the story.