Moving Beyond Paper

The desire to offer the greatest service possible to our users with limited resources dictates careful consideration of the costs and benefits of acquiring journals in print or electronic formats.

There are many advantages to converting to electronic-only access to journals, but we recognize that there may also be drawbacks. Faculty are consulted regularly when a subscription is considered for purchase or cancellation. Content development librarians will work closely with faculty to discuss the appropriate format for various titles using the Libraries' criteria for serials formats.

It is important to note that the criteria not only present guidance, but also allow flexibility in decision making. Therefore, librarians will be able to address the circumstances where retention of the paper format is considered more desirable.

Issues of content and access, archiving, pricing, and licensing are considered in the criteria, which offer explicit reasons for determining when subscription to the electronic-only format of a journal is appropriate.

Last updated: 04/15/2014