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The weak Canadian dollar plus the rising cost of academic journals poses a serious challenge for University of Calgary in 2016 - 2017.  Maintaining a robust array of electronic resources has proved challenging for all Canadian academic libraries. Libraries and Cultural Resources (LCR) will be making difficult decisions to cancel a wide range of scholarly journal packages and other library resources just as other Canadian institutions have done over the past year. With close to 85% percent of our purchases directly or indirectly dependent on US dollar pricing, our buying power decreased by 22 per cent between the 2014 - 2015 and 2015 - 2016 fiscal years. Every drop of one cent in the exchange rate results in an additional $100,000 in subscription costs.  

Due to the current crisis, LCR is in the midst of an in-depth analysis of our journal acquisitions.  This analysis includes examining which journals our researchers publish in, cite, and access.  The data also identifies key subject areas for publication and research.

Thomas Hickerson, Vice Provost (Libraries and Cultural Resources) and University Librarian has given presentations to Extended Deans Council and General Faculties Council to keep them informed regarding ongoing developments.

LCR is working hard to maintain access to as many resources as possible. In some instances (i.e. dealing with embargoes), retention may exclude the current year’s content but retain all back content.  In light of the inevitable cancellations, we will continue to deliver high quality document delivery services for the University community in order to provide articles needed for teaching, learning, and research.  In addition, two tools are available to assist access:  JournalTOCs (Table of Contents Service) and OAFindr (Open Access Article Discovery).

  • OAFindr - a tool that locates over 24 million Open Access scholarly papers in one unified search. This will identify pre-print and Open Access versions of many articles published in commercial journals.
  • JournalTOCs – a service that provides a review of each journal’s table of contents, whether we subscribe to the journal or not.  Specific articles can then be searched, and if necessary, acquired.

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