Percentage guidelines on serials and e-resources spending Wing Woo 16 Oct 2008 01:31 UTC

Dear all,

I am writing to seek your advise if your Library has set any percentage
guideline of serials (including e-journals) and e-resources (excluding
e-journals and ebooks) spending over the total library materials budget.

I have checked a number of updated sources, such as ARL Statistics and
SCONUL Annual Library Statistics (UK) but their definitions on reporting
e-resources expenditure are different. ARL includes e-journals in
e-resources but not SCONUL. On the other hand, e-book spending is
counted in SCONUL but not in ARL survey. I also conduct literature
searches and google the web but unfortunately can't find much
information pertaining to my question.

So I would like to know if your Library has already established any
guidelines or policy in the percentage of serials and e-resource
spending so as to secure a certain amount of fund for monographs and
other library materials. Moreover, will the serials ceiling vary by
subject/discipline? For example, we allow Science Faculty to spend up to
75%, and Arts and Humanities at 40% the most.

Wing Woo
Acquisitions Librarian
Hong Kong Baptist University Library