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Re: Journal evaluation Carol Morse 30 Aug 2002 17:38 UTC

I have not done this on a big scale, but occasionally with certain
departments.  Some faculty members understand the need to cancel unused
print subscriptions, but many are unwilling.  Some don't like to use the
computer, etc., or resist any kind of change.  They don't come over and
use the journals themselves, and don't require the students to do so,
either, but they don't want any titles taken from their lists!  Good
Carol Morse

Carol Morse                                                  Tel.  509)
Serials Librarian                                             Fax 509)
Walla Walla College Library                     Email
104 S.W. Adams St.
College Place, WA  99324-1586

Give us strength for the journey and wisdom to know the way.

>>> spschleper@STCLOUDSTATE.EDU 08/27/02 09:40AM >>>
To Serialst:

As budgets shrink and journal prices rise - St. Cloud State University
is trying to reconfigure how we access the journals we need to support
the curriculum here.  One of the things that I am hoping to do is
survey =
or contact in some way each of the colleges at our university to get =
some kind of feedback about what is useful to our faculty and what kind
of compromises or adjustments they are willing to make so that our =
dollars will stretch further.

Has anyone on the list done this type of survey or serials evaluation?
We hope to make it an annual thing - taking one college (we have 5 =
academic colleges) each year and evaluating how we are doing with =
getting the journals they need.

As of now, I plan to develop a survey to get some idea of how faculty
perceive the services in the serials dept. and accompany that with an
"information packet" that would actually be an analysis of journals we
get in print with information on their electronic counterpart.  One of
the motivations for this is that our electronic holdings are used many
time more than our print journals.  In addition, we spend about 3 times
as much on print journals (about 1500 titles) as we do on electronic =
titles (about 15,000 titles). =20

I appreciate any feedback I can get from the list. =20

Susan Schleper
Serials Librarian
St. Cloud State University, MN