Revised August, 2000
There is a constant need to review our serials commitments in light of changes in scholarly communications, changes in university programs, and the situation of the collections budget. The principles elaborated below are systemwide and should facilitate the process. These principles are relevant to determining what to retain, what to eliminate, what to convert to electronic access, and what to access by other means.
Selectors may undertake serials review without knowing the final budget figure for collections. The figures relating to inflationary increases and changes in the annual collections budget are supplied by the Office of the Associate University Librarian for Collection Development and Management as soon they are known.
In presenting information related to the serials review, selectors should inform faculty of the ongoing problem with the cost of serials, changes in the nature of scholarly communications including the availability of other means for accessing journal literature, such as e-journals, RUL's new subsidized document delivery service, ILL, and RDS. Sample statements on these issues will be supplied by the Office of the Associate University Librarian for Collection Development and Management.