For the last eight years, the K-State Libraries have worked to enhance scholarly resources while dealing with a decreasing collections budget. At the same time, journal prices have increased at an average of about six percent annually.
For example, from 2010 to 2018, package prices from just five major publishers have increased by over a half million dollars, or more than 25%. During the same timeframe, budget cuts in the Libraries have resulted in a reduction of over one million dollars; this has significantly diminished the purchasing power of the Libraries, necessitating resource cancellations to maintain a balanced budget.
As a result, we regularly evaluate which subscriptions we might need to discontinue. We understand that cuts do not go unnoticed and that they have a negative impact on the K-State community.
We strive to ensure a transparent process and to keep all students, researchers, and faculty updated on recent or upcoming changes. Please refer to our web page with updated information regarding potential resource cancellations, and feel free to send any feedback, questions, or concerns using our online form.
How can you help?
We analyze usage data to evaluate costly subscriptions, so get counted! Contact your librarian to make sure your use of library resources in your research, classroom and K-State Online (Canvas) is included in our statistics.
You can also consider open access.
The increasing cost of journals subscription is the largest economic challenge for academic libraries, so we encourage the K-State community to support open access initiatives.
- When possible, publish in open access journals that make vital research available with no subscription cost to the public. Visit the Directory of Open Access Journals to learn more about publications in your field.
- Share your research outputs in an easily accessible repository such as the K-State Research Exchange (K-REx).
Contact the Center for the Advancement of Digital Scholarship for more information.