Strauss Library Collection: Subscription Cost

Welcome to the second blog post about the Strauss Health Sciences Library collection. In the first blog post, we reported on the FY20 Library Subscriptions Survey results. In the next few posts, we will discuss general issues about the library collection, including cost, collaborative licensing efforts, different user groups and sites served by the library, and other questions raised by survey respondents.

Collection Expenditure The Strauss Library spends over around $3 million on the collections every year. Over 99% of the collection budget goes towards annual subscriptions for electronic resources, such as databases (e.g., UpToDate, Dynamed), electronic journal packages (e.g., Elsevier ScienceDirect journals, JAMA package), electronic book packages (e.g., AccessPharmacy, StatRef), and other resources with annual costs (e.g., Sage backfile host fee, R2 Digital Library access fee).

Subscription Cost Increase

Every year, the cost of subscriptions increases by around 5%, sometimes more. 

According to the EBSCO 2020 Serials Price Projection Report, the overall effective publisher price increases for academic and medical libraries in 2020 is projected to be in the range of five to six percent for individual titles, and four to five percent for electronic journal packages. Over the 2015-2019 period, the cost of academic medical library journals increased between 5.47% – 5.98% annually.

There is no national survey on database pricing trends, but our local experience is a similar upward trend. As an example, we have seen some of our top clinical tools’ cost increase by 5-7% every year.

If the library’s collection budget stays flat, then the library must make cuts to the subscriptions or identify funds from other budgets, such as operating or gift funds.  Typically the library does a combination of these practices.  The library will look for less utilized resources to drop as well as review other budgets for available funds.

Cost per Use

The library considers several factors in deciding whether to renew or cancel a resource, including: renewal price, usage statistics over the last few years, cost per use (CPU), if the resource is used in teaching, if the content is available through other options (such as interlibrary loan, third-party database of journal articles), and whether there are similar products. Among these factors, usage trend and CPU are examined carefully. In calculating CPU, use is generally defined as full text article requested (view or download) for journals, or searches run for databases. Usage data is provided by vendors. The library usually calculates cost per use using last three year’s usage average. 

For example, if a journal package costs $10,000 in 2020, and full text article downloads for the last three years are 5000, 6000, 5500 respectively, then the three-year average is 5500, and the CPU is approximately $1.82 ($10,000 / 5500 = $1.82).

CPU is an important number for renewal decisions as it reflects both subscription cost and local usage. We typically compare CPU among similar journal packages or databases when reviewing renewal quotes. It can also be used as leverage in price negotiation with vendors.


2020 EBSCO Serials Price Projection Report

Five Year Journal Price Increase History (2015-2019)

If you have any questions about library collections, please contact Yumin Jiang, Head of Collection Management, at: 303-724-2137,

Next Topic: Ways to Reduce Subscription Cost

This was written by Yumin, you can contact AskUs with questions.

Celebrate Open Education Week by Submitting Your Work(s) to Mountain Scholar

In honor of Open Education Week consider submitting your work(s) to Mountain Scholar. Mountain Scholar is the institutional repository of CU Anschutz and the Strauss Health Sciences Library. Learn more about Mountain Scholar on the Strauss Library’s website.

Submitting your work(s) to Mountain Scholar is easy. In five easy steps you can get your work submitted and made available in Mountain Scholar. A variety of resources can be submitted to Mountain Scholar. Here is a list of some items we accept:

  • Data sets
  • Journal articles (including published material, depending on copyright restrictions)
  • Books and book chapters
  • Pre-prints
  • Multimedia including photos, images, and videos
  • Grey literature
  • Teaching materials and Open Educational Resources (OER)
  • Technical reports
  • Poster and/or slide presentations
  • Professional activity materials
  • Projects and portfolios
  • Performances
  • Special events materials
  • Conference materials
  • Departmental publications

If you still have questions, check out our Mountain Scholar FAQ or contact Danielle Ostendorf (

This was written by Danielle, you can contact AskUs with questions.

Change the Subject Screening at HSL on April 7th.

How do subject headings get changed in the Library of Congress? How can citizens raise their voices and initiate change? How can the rights and dignity of undocumented people be promoted?

These questions are thoughtfully addressed in the new documentary Change the Subject. This documentary tells the story of a group of students at Dartmouth College, whose singular effort at confronting anti-immigrant sentiment in their library catalog took them all the way from Baker-Berry Library to the halls of Congress.  “Change the Subject” shows how an instance of campus activism entered the national spotlight, and how a cataloging term became a flashpoint in the immigration debate on Capitol Hill.

Check out the trailer!

Change the Subject will be screened in the Reading Room of the Strauss Health Sciences Library on Tuesday, April 7th from 12:00-2:00 pm. Popcorn and refreshments will be provided.

Image by Deborah Breen Whiting from Pixabay

We hope to see you there!

This was written by Ellie, you can contact AskUs with questions.

“Letters, Etcetera” exhibit

The Letter F

Letters lend themselves to fine art rendering.  The “Recovered Writing” paintings in this show have the look and feel of words and symbols in ancient and medieval scripts—the kind found in and around archeological digs.  These ‘uncovered text’ paintings, with their mystery, their intangible, undecipherable, unreadable script, contrast with the clarity and recognizability of alphabet letter paintings in the show.  Equally hidden but not so mysterious are letters that serve as design structure for more traditional subjects—e.g., L-shaped still lifes, V-shaped figures, S-shaped landscapes.

Artist Joyce Nielsen invites you to :

Opening Reception Sunday, March 8, 2020, 2-4 PM

Show dates:  March 7 – April 17, 2020

Strauss Health Sciences Library Gallery, CU’s Anschutz Campus,

Open Education Week 2020

Every year, during the month of March, the Open Education Global organizes the international event Open Education Week. For one week we focus on the importance and need for Open Education (OE) and scholarship in order to improving education access, affordability, success and quality for all.

Start the week by attending Rajiv Jhangiani’s online workshop, “Beyond Free: Supporting Social Justice Through Open Educational Practices” on March 2nd at 2pm. The Strauss Library will be hosting a screening in Teach Lab 2 followed by a discussion (please register here) or you can attend the workshop virtually

Then, start finding OE resources for you to use and incorporate in the classroom: 

To find additional resources and learn more about OE resources visit the Strauss Library’s OER Guide.

If you have questions, please use the Strauss Library’s AskUs to chat or email with a librarian or reach out to Ben Harnke ( or Danielle Ostendorf ( 

This was written by Danielle, you can contact AskUs with questions.

New February 2020 ClinicalKey eBooks!

The new eBooks for February from ClinicalKey are here! Please check out the list of eBooks added.

Books Removed:

  • Atlas of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography: Imaging Companion to Braunwald’s Heart Disease (Taylor, Allen) 1st ed; ISBN: 9781416061366; Package/Collection: Cardiovascular Disease Extended. Discontinued. Recommended alternative – Cardiovascular Imaging.
  • Atlas of Endocrine Surgical Techniques (Duh, Quan-Yang) 1st ed; ISBN: 9781416048442; Package/Collection: Surgery Extended. Discontinued. Recommended alternative – Endocrine Surgery.
  • Augmentation Mammaplasty (Tebbetts, John) 1st ed; ISBN: 9780323041126; Package/Collection: Plastic Surgery. Discontinued. Recommended alternative – Aesthetic and Reconstructive Surgery of the Breast.
  • Early Diagnosis and Treatment of Cancer: Ovarian Cancer (Bristow, Robert) 1st ed; ISBN: 9781416046851; Package/Collection: Hematology-Oncology-Palliative. Discontinued. Recommended alternative – Cancer Treatment and the Ovary.
  • Principles and Practice of Wrist Surgery (Slutsky, David) 1st ed; ISBN: 9781416056461; Package/Collection: Orthopedics Extended. Discontinued. Recommended alternative – Operative Techniques: Hand and Wrist Surgery.
  • Teaching Files: Musculoskeletal, The (Ouellette, Hugue) 1st ed; ISBN: 9781416062615; Package/Collection: Flex Only. Discontinued. Recommended alternative – Musculoskeletal Imaging.
  • Tumors and Tumor-like Conditions of the Lung and Pleura (Moran, Cesar) 1st ed; ISBN: 9781416036241; Package/Collection: Flex Only. Discontinued. Recommended alternative – Pathology of the Lungs.

ClinicalKey for Nursing (Global) eBooks

This was written by Jessica, you can contact AskUs with questions.

Prospector Lobby Table Event


Are you looking for a book, DVD, or CD that’s not available at Strauss Library? Wondering how the Prospector borrowing system, which includes many libraries within Colorado, works? Come visit our lobby display on Tuesday, March 3rd from noon-1:00 pm to discover the thousands of items that are available to you through this free & convenient service.

We’ll have sample loans from other libraries, snacks, & handouts about how to access & use the system. All CU Anschutz affiliates are eligible to participate, and your requested items are delivered directly to Strauss Library for pickup. Swing by during your lunch hour next Tuesday, and find out more about what Prospector can do for you!

Shikes Prescription Sheets

Strauss Library just added 98 newly digitized prescription sheets to our digital repository, Mountain Scholar! The dates for the prescription sheets range from 1821 through 1909.

The prescription sheets were part of the Shikes artifacts donation. You can learn more about the library’s artifacts collection here. Dr. Robert Shikes donated his collection of medical artifacts to the library in 2015. Dr. Shikes collected medical related artifacts for many years and his donation includes thousands of items, which are currently being cataloged.

Included in the collection are archival items, including medical lecture tickets, pamphlets, postcards, and medical advertising. Several of the items are being digitized and added to the CU Anschutz Archives and Special Collections community of Mountain Scholar.

While processing the donation, the staff found this collection of prescription sheets. Our staff member Paul works with artifacts, and found the collection, working with Debra to digitize the items.

We are still processing the Shikes donation, check back as we find more collections and items in the donation, and work to make them available for our patrons!

This was written by Jessica, you can contact or AskUs with questions.

Braddock Donation Exhibit

Dr. David Braddock Disabilities Studies Collection

There’s a new exhibit in the main entryway of the library! Debra and Jessica put together a new display of some of the titles and images from the recent Braddock donation.

The titles are part of the donation of the Dr. David Braddock Disabilities Studies Collection from The Coleman Institute for Cognitive Disabilities.

The donation came to the library last summer, and the collection is being processed by the library staff. Books are added to the library’s collection, with the Braddock bookplate and a blue label.

The archival parts of the collection are also being processed, and digitized for the library’s digital repository, Mountain Scholar. You can see the items currently in the collection here, and check back as we add more!

Please take the brochures featured outside the exhibit for more information, and look forward as we continue to process this new collection about the history of disabilities and disabled persons.

This was written by Jessica, you can contact AskUs with questions.

Trial Access to PolicyMap

Strauss Library will have trial access to PolicyMap ( from February 1, 2020 through March 2, 2020.

PolicyMap is a “GIS tool for non-GIS experts” for those who need to visualize large amounts of data quickly and easily, often down to the census tract or block group level. The PolicyMap mapping tool is a single point of entry for data related to health, demographics and conditions of the communities you serve. Create maps, tables and reports to understand community needs, write compelling grant applications and locate health resources.

Policymap includes community health related data including: life expectancy, opioid use, as well as insured and uninsured populations. Here is complete list of our Health Data from multiple sources including CDC BRFSS, CDC 500 Cities, HRSA and the USDA.

Is it currently on the A-Z list, and you can follow the link here:

This was written by Danielle, you can contact AskUs with questions.

Installing APA 7th Edition into EndNote.

The APA 7th Edition style is now available for EndNote. These are the instructions to install the new style into EndNote. Alternatively, you can watch this video. Though, for Mac, it’s the same process for PC.

  1. To download the style and read about what’s new, go to the EndNote (Clarivate) download page
  2. After clicking on the download link, APA 7th should be listed first or near the top of styles to download. If you don’t see it in the list then search for it in the “Keyword” search box.
  3. Click the “download” link. If asked, make sure you are saving the file to your downloads.
  4. Double click on the downloaded file. It should open the style in EndNote.
  5. In the EndNote toolbar click File –> Save As. You can delete the “Copy” part of the name and click “Save.”
  6. In the EndNote style-selection dropdown menu (PC upper left in toolbar, Mac in the preview citation/view PDF window) choose “Select Another Style.”
  7. You can type “APA” in the “Quick Search” box and hit enter, or scroll down alphabetically to find the APA’s. 
  8. Select APA 7th and click “Choose”
  9. APA 7th will now be available in EndNote and Word.

Please feel free to contact AskUs with any questions.

CU OER Champion Award!

Do you know someone on the CU Anschutz campus who is a champion and advocate of OER?

Do you know someone on the CU Anschutz campus who has adopted OER into their course and lowered costs for students?

Are you that person?

If yes, please nominate that person (or yourself) for the University of Colorado OER Champion Award here. Nominations are due by Wednesday, February 5th.

Image by Foundry Co from Pixabay

More information about the award:

The Office of Academic Affairs and the Open CU Steering Team are accepting nominations for the annual Open Educational Resources (OER) Champion Award, sponsored by the Office of Digital Education and Engagement. The award celebrates four University of Colorado educators, one from each campus, who contribute to the open education movement, increase campus and system awareness of OER, and/or galvanize interest in exploring, adopting, and creating OER to benefit the University of Colorado’s students. The award includes a one-time cash award of $500 added to the recipient’s monthly salary.

Open Educational Resources (OER) are “teaching, learning, and research resources that reside in the public domain or have been released under an intellectual property license that permits their free use and re-purposing by others.” (From The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation) OER include digital learning materials such as open textbooks, courses, syllabi, lectures, assignments, quizzes, lab activities, games, and simulations. Preference will be given to educators who emphasize the use of openly-licensed or public domain materials.

All members of the University of Colorado educational community are eligible for the award. Nominations will be reviewed by the Open CU Steering Team and the CU System Office of Academic Affairs. Selections will be based on criteria such as educational impact and innovation towards a culture of open knowledge sharing and access.

This was written by Ellie, you can contact AskUs with questions.

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.


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:


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:

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,

New Amesse Leisure Reading

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The following titles have recently been added to the Amesse Collection, located in the library’s leisure hub area adjacent to the 1st floor north information commons:


-Coates, Ta-Nahesi/ The water dancer

-Patchett, Ann/ The Dutch house

-Powers, Richard/ The overstory

-Reid, Kiley/ Such a fun age

-Rothfuss, Patrick/ Name of the wind

-Sanderson, Brandon/ Way of kings

-Shemilt, Jane/ The playground



-Duckworth, Angela/ Grit: The power of passion & perseverance

-Gladwell, Malcom/ Talking to strangers

-Hennick, Calvin/ Once more to the rodeo

-Snowden, Edward/ Permanent record

-Theroux, Paul/ On the plain of snakes: A Mexican journey