New Brunswick Collections Group Meeting Minutes
Friday, April 11, 2003
Pane Room, Alexander Library, 11:30 a.m.
Present: Ellen Calhoun, Kayo Denda, Howard Dess (Convener), Mary Fetzer, Judy Gardner(Guest), Rebecca Gardner, Tom Glynn, Brian Hancock, Sara Harrington, Helen Hoffman, Triveni Kuchi, Patricia Libutti, Mei ling Lo, Jackie Mardikian, Kevin Mulcahy, Laura Mullen(Recorder), Jim Niessen, Hector R. Perez-Gilbe, Pat Piermatti, Jane Sloan, Karen Wenk, Myoung C. Wilson, Connie Wu.
Approval of Agenda: Agenda was approved.
Approval of Minutes: Minutes from the previous meeting were
Spending is going well and we are "on target." Free
balances are where they should be. HD asks that selectors check
their non-state fund balances and make sure those funds are
Subgroup Chair reports: KM-Confirming the acquisition of Evans' "American Bibliography" online. This collection is "Series 1" of the early American imprints and covers 1639-1820. This is a very positive acquisition for historians, etc. TL would like to know if there are any early education materials included and KM thinks there may be some primers.
MF: Reminder to social science selectors to send in any refinements to HP-G's LC class analysis so that we may make use of this valuable information. Humanists also should send any refinements to KM.
JM: The science endowment funds are now depleted.
HD: no specific news on budget cuts as of yet. There will be cuts to collections, but we don't have firm figures yet. It is wise to be thinking about it and planning for it. At focus groups this week at LSM, faculty expressed concern over cuts to collections.
HD is carrying out a series of searches that will provide detailed
information about journal usage patterns by Rutgers researchers.
This will include all journal titles that faculty published
in and what publications were cited over a period of years.
This will be a file that can be manipulated in Excel and data
will be very useful in assessing journal collections.
Discussion of usage data of electronic journals and indexes: MCW-Systems can give number of "clicks" to any product. HD will post Science Direct usage data. Concern expressed that publishers and vendors are not neutral and may skew the data. The Elsevier contract is being carefully looked at and we have a one-year contract at this point.
PL: Use caution as data of some usage studies may not be a measure of "meaningfulness."
HH: Would like to get lists of journals attached to fund codes printed. We can go to Gracemary for lists of journals coded to different subject areas.
Selector List- HP-G: Still working on list of LC classes and is contacting selectors individually as questions come up. He will bring a list to the next meeting and we will discuss the gaps and who will be responsible for those areas.
Miscellaneous Reports and Announcements-all:
LBM: We are getting "PsycARTICLES" and trial will be up soon. Coverage will be 50 APA journals and a few others. We will get coverage of 18 new journals that we don't currently subscribe to.
TK: Has developed a collection development policy for sociology with input from Camden and Newark. The Sociology Research guide is almost complete.