Report: “University of Iowa Libraries Drops 820 Subscriptions”
From The Gazette:
In light of soaring price hikes for scholarly journal, database, and e-book access — along with tightening budgets and limited campus resources — University of Iowa Libraries has identified 820 subscriptions to cancel, saving the department about $600,000.
UI Libraries this month unveiled the list of journal, database, and e-book subscriptions officials have decided to discontinue or cancel as early as July 1 following a campuswide discussion and data analysis of subscription cost, use, and benefit.
The UI Libraries strategy — based on each discipline’s number of journal and database subscriptions, available funding for those resources, and cancellation restrictions — was to cut subscription spending proportionately by 10 percent in the basic sciences, engineering, and health sciences; 7 percent in social sciences; and 5 percent in the humanities.
Disciplines hit the hardest include English, with more than 100 titles on the cancellation list; music, slated to lose 50-plus titles; and medicine, exceeding 40 planned cancellations.
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