McGoogan News

Feedback sought on collection cancellations

By Alison Bobal

The McGoogan Library of Medicine would like your feedback on planned reductions to the library’s collections.

Our reduction target is $325,000, 16% of the library’s overall expenditures on collections. Each year the library faces inflationary costs of our electronic resources (i.e. ebooks, databases and journals), plus a steadily rising cost of print books. These inflationary rates average around 10%, with some databases going as high as 18%. In years past we made some cuts to our collections and relied on endowments to help offset inflation. We are now at a point where our budget and endowments can no longer absorb these inflationary costs. Additionally, a budget reduction of 1.9% for FY16 makes cancellations unavoidable.

In addition to making cuts to the library’s collection, we are also developing long-term strategies that aim to meet the expanding educational curricula and research programs on campus, investigating new ways to acquire and deliver content, and exploring potential new revenue sources.

We’ve done a thorough analysis of our collections expenditures and have identified resources for cancellation. Our analysis included usage stats and content overlap. The resources we’ve identified for cuts cover books, journals, and databases.

Additional information can be found in our frequently asked questions.

Books

Due to the budget pressure, we will be drastically limiting the number of books we purchase. The only books added this year may be new editions of some core titles and individual requested titles. Electronic books typically cost more than print books so to help reduce expenditures, any books we do purchase will be primarily in print.

Ebook titles that are up for cancellation come from two resources: ClinicalKey and Stat!Ref (a full list of these ebooks can be found here). These 1,141 ebook titles constitute about 16% of our ebook collection.

Journals

The 1,300 journal title cancellations primarily come from three resources/packages: Sage, ClinicalKey and Health Business Elite. There are also additional titles that are individual subscriptions. All of these titles represent 15% of our current journal collection. A full list of journal cancellations can be found here.

Databases

Please send comments and questions to Alison Bobal at abobal@unmc.edu by August 31, 2015.

Resource spotlight: Cochrane Library

By Alison Bobal

The Cochrane Library is a collection of six databases that contain different types of high-quality, independent evidence to inform healthcare decision-making. The Cochrane Library interface allows you to search across all of its databases.

The Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews (updated monthly) is the leading resource for peer-reviewed systematic reviews in health care. It is valuable for finding information on the effectiveness of health care interventions and offers high-quality evidence on which to base clinical decisions.

The Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials is the largest database within the Cochrane Library and is a highly concentrated source of reports of randomized and quasi-randomized controlled trials. This database is updated monthly.

The Cochrane Methodology Register is a bibliography of publications that report on methods used in the conduct of controlled trials. It includes journal articles, books, and conference proceedings, and the content is sourced from MEDLINE and hand searches. This monthly updated database contains studies of methods used in reviews and more general methodological studies that could be relevant to anyone preparing systematic reviews.

The Health Technology Assessment Database brings together details of completed and ongoing health technology assessments (studies of the medical, social, ethical, and economic implications of healthcare interventions) from around the world and it updated monthly. The aim of the database is to improve the quality and cost-effectiveness of health care.

The NHS Economic Evaluation Database assists decision-makers by systematically identifying economic evaluations from around the world, appraising their quality, and highlighting their relative strengths and weaknesses. This database is not currently being updated.

New resources added to library collection

At the end of each fiscal year, we sometimes have some extra money that we can spend on the collection. This year, we had a small amount that we could use for a few purchases.

New journal subscription: Journal of Interprofessional Education & Practice

The Journal of Interprofessional Education & Practice, a quarterly journal that provides innovative ideas for interprofessional educators and practitioners through peer-reviewed articles and reports. Each issue examines current issues and trends in interprofessional healthcare topics, offering progressive solutions to the challenges facing the profession. The Journal of Interprofessional Education & Practice (JIEP) is affiliated with University of Nebraska Medical Center and the official journal of National Academies of Practice (NAP) and supports its mission to serve the public and the health profession by advancing education, policy, practice & research.

New membership: BioMed Central

The library recently became a supporter member of BioMed Central. With this membership, any UNMC author who publishes in a BioMed Central journal will receive a 15% discount on article processing charges. BioMed Central publishes over 100 open access journal across the whole spectrum of biology and medicine. Articles submitted to these journals receive rigorous and rapid peer review and authors retain the copyright of their work. More information will be released on this blog soon.

Archival rights: SpringerProtocols

We recently purchased the complete SpringerProtocols archive. In addition, each year we renew our subscription we will automatically receive archival rights to that year. Making a one-time purchase of the archive and switching to an archival rights model allows for more stability in our collection. SpringerProtocols is an online database of reproducible laboratory protocols in the biomedical and life sciences. Compiling protocols from the book series Methods in Molecular Biology and other sources, SpringerProtocols offers researchers access to nearly thirty years of tested, trusted, step-by-step protocols for immediate use in the lab. With an emphasis on comprehensiveness and clarity, each protocol is organized in an easily reproducible recipe style.

Resource spotlight: Health Business Elite

By Alison Bobal

Looking for information on health care administration and not finding much in MEDLINE? Try using Health Business Elite, a database that covers the journal and trade literature on all aspects of health care administration and other non-clinical aspects of health care institution management. The majority of the journals covered in Health Business Elite are not included in MEDLINE.

Topics covered include hospital management, hospital administration, marketing, human resources, computer technology, facilities management and insurance. Health Business Elite contains full text content for almost 600 journals such as H&HN: Hospitals & Health Networks, Harvard Business Review, Health Facilities Management, Health Management Technology, Healthcare Financial Management, Marketing Health Services, and Modern Healthcare.

Health Business Elite is available on the EBSCOhost platform so you can easily search it along with MEDLINE, CINAHL (nursing and allied health literature) and PsycINFO (mental health and behavioral sciences).