For our current round of cuts, the library has formed an ad hoc collections review committee which includes faculty from across the library’s service areas. This committee has been engaging in a systematic and thorough review of our subscriptions using a combination of quantitative and qualitative data, as well as input from subject librarians.
Our analysis includes format, frequency of use, annual cost, cost per use, acquisition method (acquired directly, via the CSU Chancellor’s Office, or via the Statewide California Electronic Library Consortium), and information about whether or not the content is discoverable via OneSearch. The potential availability and cost of resources via interlibrary loan is also considered. In addition, we’ve evaluated each resource in terms of its relevance to program and curriculum needs, its perceived impact on student success and well-being, comparable resources available, and perceived value for cost.
Together, the criteria and accompanying data have been used to assign each resource a relative ranking of 1, 2, or 3 (with a higher score indicating a higher priority to retain).