FY20 Library Subscriptions Survey Report

Thanks to all of you who participated in the FY20 Library Subscriptions Survey!  The survey ran from November 21 through December 12, 2019.  Here is our first post about the survey results.  Please watch for more posts addressing specific questions or issues we saw from the survey.

Demographics

There were 630 total responses to the survey.  Responders represented all six Schools and College, campus administration & support units, UCHealth, and others. 

Here is the distribution of survey respondents by their university status:

Subscription Changes

The Strauss Health Sciences Library has an overall collections budget of nearly $3 million.  Less than 1% of the collection budget is spent on one-time purchases while 99% is spent on electronic annual subscriptions. Every year our subscription costs rise approximately 5-7%.  In FY20, the library has a shortfall in our collections budget of $300,000 and needs to make some difficult decisions in cancellations.

Based on pricing, usage, and feedback received from this survey, the library renewed most of the subscriptions listed on the survey.  However, we made the following decisions:

Cancellations:

Resources that received less than 4% of responses rating them “Essential” or “Important” were examined further.  After review, the following subscriptions were cancelled.

American Physical Society journals (3.6% of respondents rated it as essential or important)

Knovel (1.5%of respondents rated it as essential or important)

VisualDx (3.8% of respondents rated it as essential or important)

Package Adjustments:

In 2020, the library switched the American Chemical Society (ACS) journal subscription package to a smaller package, retaining the top 15 most used journals.  All ACS titles remain available via interlibrary loan at no cost to faculty, students and staff.

Please see more information about our collection budget and subscription changes here:

https://library.cuanschutz.edu/library-collections-budget

If you have any questions or comments about this survey and survey results, please contact Yumin Jiang, Head of Collection Management, at: 303-724-2137, yumin.jiang@cuanschutz.edu