University of Connecticut

Factors to Consider

Guided by the Library’s Purposeful Path Forward and the Collection Development Policy and in consultation with the Provost’s Library Advisory Committee, the collections review is rooted in the following principles:

  • Developing and sustaining access to robust and unique collections that support research and learning.
  • Collaborating with the UConn community to make the best decisions.
  • Acquiring collections through sustainable models and unexploitative pricing that enable the Library to maintain flexibility in collection management decisions.
  • Maintaining collections that reflect an appropriate balance between disciplines and the needs of varying stakeholders in the UConn community.
  • Remaining flexible enough to respond to new areas of focus in research and learning.
  • Supporting a reasonable balance between commitments to monographs and subscribed resources.

To achieve these principles, the collections review is based on metrics for analysis that are both quantitative and qualitative. The quantitative metrics for analysis include:

  • Acquisition cost: This is the amount (either an annual or one-time fee) that the Library pays for a resource. Year-to-year differences in cost will also be considered.
  • E-resource usage data: For journals and other resources that provide full-text article access, usage data consists primarily of monthly counts of article downloads. For other resources, usage data may include sessions, searches, views, chapter downloads, or other forms of usage. For more information on the usage data generally available for library resources, see the COUNTER Code of Practice.
  • Cost-per-use data: This is a calculation of value in which a subscription cost is divided by the total usage that occurred during the subscription term.
  • Circulation data: For resources in the Library’s print collection, the review will consider data regarding how many times the resources have been checked out.
  • Publication and citation data: For some resources, we are able to identify the number of times they have been published in and cited by UConn researchers.
  • Alternative access: In some instances, a resource within the Library’s collection may be available through an alternative means. For example, portions of a subscribed journal may be freely accessible online or available through a database that the Library subscribes to.
  • Projected cost for Interlibrary Services: The Library’s Interlibrary Services helps the UConn community to obtain materials not held in the Library’s collections. Based on usage data, we can often make a rough approximation of the annual cost to obtain articles via Interlibrary Services and then compare that cost against the resource’s subscription cost.
  • Holdings comparisons: The Library will use tools such as the GreenGlass group functionality to carrying out an analysis of monographic collections. This analysis will include in-depth comparisons with the monographic collections held by certain peer institutions.

These quantitative metrics provide a starting point for understanding the value of the Library’s collections. Beyond these quantitative metrics, it is essential to fully analyze the value of collections using qualitative metrics. The qualitative metrics for analysis include:

  • Descriptions and rankings from faculty and students regarding the value of resources in support of their ability to conduct research, teach, and learn.
  • Overlap in subject focus and functionality with other resources.
  • Changes in UConn’s research areas, programs, and courses.

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