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Calgary, AB, Canada T2N 1N4
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May 2, 2016

 

Oxford University Press Journal Package

 

The weak Canadian dollar plus the rising cost of academic journals poses a serious challenge for University of Calgary this year.  The Library is 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 percent between the 2014/15 and 2015/16 fiscal years. The Library has been fortunate to have access to substantial soft funding from the Office of the Provost which delayed the necessity of making cuts prior to this date.

 

In regards to the cancellation of the Oxford University Press Journal package: 71 percent of the titles are available through other resources, although some titles have no current year availability (embargoed). The Library is providing a Table of Contents Service that will provide details of new articles as issues are published and connect that information to an interlibrary loan.

 

Due to the current crisis, the Library is in the midst of an in-depth analysis of our Journal acquisitions.  These analyses will include examining which journals our researchers publish in, cite and access, additional information will be available identifying the subject areas of those publications and research.

 

This analysis will include a detailed examination of the Oxford journal titles. Decisions to purchase a modified package or individual titles will need to fit into the larger cancellation and available funds environment over the next year.

 

Thomas Hickerson, Vice-Provost Libraries and Cultural Resources has presented budget information to the extended Deans Council and kept them informed regarding ongoing developments.

 

The Library is working hard to provide as many resources as possible. In light of inevitable cancellations, we will continue to provide high quality document delivery services for the University community in order to provide articles they need for their teaching, learning, and research.   Two tools to assist locating articles are JournalTOCs (Table of Contents Service) and OAFindr (Open Access article discovery).

 

Heather D’Amour | Head, Collections Development| University of Calgary Libraries and Cultural Resources| phone: 403.220.3591 | damour@ucalgary.ca

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