It’s that time of year again! Time to give old resources the boot and usher in some new highly sought after titles. There are many factors that go into our subscription decisions, the first of which are requests from our users. We listen to your feedback and depend on it to keep us informed about what you need, NOW. As rapidly as research and practice in the Health Sciences evolve, our resource offerings need to be flexible to keep the pace. At the same time, we take our responsibility as stewards of institutional holdings very seriously, and try to balance innovation with curation.
Here are the changes that we’ve got coming in January, along with a little background behind the decision making process:
1. MICROMEDEX OUT, LEXICOMP IN.
UNMC’s MICROMEDEX license was shared with The Nebraska Medical Center. When TNMC decided to move to Lexicomp, the library followed suit. We believe it is important to train students on the resource that they will likely use in practice. The NEOFAX resource from Truven Health Analytics will remain accessible to UNMC users, but the rest of the MICROMEDEX interface will be gone.
2. ACCESS SURGERY ADDED to MCGRAW HILL SUITE
Joining its cousins AccessPharmacy and AccessMedicine, the library (per user requests) has added AccessSurgery to its offerings. AccessSurgery offers textbooks, video, images, test prep, and more for the Surgery student. Each textbook in AccessSurgery is also listed in the library’s catalog and Ebook A-Z list
3. DYNAMED CANCELLED
Dynamed had been licensed by the library for many years. Use was consistent but not extremely high. From November 2012-November 2013 there were 9100 sessions among UNMC users. This put the cost per session of Dynamed at $2.60. The library, after seeking input from stakeholders, decided that the $23000.00 subscription fee could be better used to fill other needs.
4. JOURNAL ADDITIONS
Journal addition decisions are made user request, a large amount of interlibrary loan requests, or a high citation count from UNMC authors. Here are the new journals for 2014:
JoVE: Bioengineering, Clinical and Translational, and Infection and Immunology
Clinical Medicine: Journal of the Royal College of Physicians
Journal of Intraprofessional Care
Journal of Neurotrauma
The Medical Teacher
5. JOURNAL CANCELLATIONS
Journal cancellation decisions this year were based on citation data. If a journal had a high cost per use and was cited less than 25 times in the last 12 months by UNMC researchers, it was cancelled. These journals will, of course, still be available via Interlibrary Loan.
Acta Anaesthesiologica Scandinavica
American Journal of Hypertension
Birth-Issues in Perinatal Care
Cancer Biology and Therapy
Genes, Chromosomes & Cancer
International Journal of Oncology
Journal of Hospital Medicine
Journal of Sports Medicine and Physical Fitness
Research in Nursing & Health
6. SOCIAL SERVICES ABSTRACTS/SOCIOLOGICAL ABSTRACTS
The library has added these databases to its holdings to fill a niche for searching the social sciences literature. These databases have been accessible to UNMC in the past, but the library has now officially entered into a subscription for them.
So that is the story for 2014. Please let us know about any suggestions you have for cancellations or additions to the library’s holdings. We are always available at firstname.lastname@example.org or through chat, text, phone, or online forms at http://www.unmc.edu/library.
Happy New Year, and thank you to our funding partners! Many of our current holdings are funded by the following groups:
INBRE – Nebraska Idea Network for Biomedical Research Excellence
The Nebraska Medical Center
UNMC COM Family Medicine
UNMC Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research
UNMC College of Pharmacy
UNMC COM Radiation Oncology
UNMC COM Surgery – Cardiothoracic Surgery Division
UNMC COM Department of Anesthesiology
UNMC COM Orthopaedic Surgery and Rehabilitation
UNMC COPH Center for Preparedness Education