The Library’s Subscriptions Review process occurs annually and includes all resources subscribed to on an ongoing basis by UTAS Library. This includes all ejournals, prints journals, standing orders, publisher packages and databases. The review process includes evaluation of all these resources, using quantitative usage data and qualitative data collected by consultation with Faculty. Evaluation means understanding the importance of a resource in terms of how it supports research, teaching and learning.
The aim of this review is to:
- provide accountability on subscription expenditure and ensure the Library’s subscription profile meets budget allocation
- ensure collections align with current and future research and teaching area
This year the Library consulted closely with Faculty representatives and provided lists of the Library’s complete online and print subscriptions, including data on inclusion in ERA listings, cost, usage and cost per use where available. Each subscription was assessed as to whether it was essential for research and/or teaching and learning. The list provided below details subscriptions that were cancelled in 2016. These cancellations will come into effect January 2017.
The Library is very pleased to announce, as part to the 2016 review, a partnership with Ebsco has been negotiated. Ebsco have offered the University of Tasmania excellent value for high quality journal and database content in a suite of multi-disciplinary products, called Megafile. Using Ebsco’s Megafile will improve ease of access and increase discoverability of academic content through Ebsco’s MegaSearch , the search box on the Library homepage. Please see full listing of Ebsco’s Megafile content below and on the Library’s A-Z database listing, available now. This deal has enabled us to make savings on our Proquest Central subscription. Proquest Central databases will no longer be available as of 31 Dec 2016.