By Alison Bobal
The McGoogan Library of Medicine has finalized this year’s cuts to the Library’s collection. We appreciated all of the comments we received in August about the pending cancellations. Unfortunately, we still have a budget shortfall based on the current inflation rate for databases, journals, and ebooks. The Library is unable to keep most things that were on the potential cancellation list.
The Library is working on solutions so we do not experience as high of a reduction next year. We are identifying new revenue sources and partners in acquiring content. For more information go to https://blog.unmc.edu/library/2015/08/11/feedback-sought-on-collection-cancellations/.
Access to cancelled resources will continue until December 31, 2015.
Two resources that include many ebooks will be cancelled: ClinicalKey and Stat!Ref. Of the 1,140 titles that will be cancelled, the Library has about 26% of the same titles (same edition) in print. A small pool of funds will be set aside to purchase print copies for 82 of the highly used and requested titles from ClinicalKey. Unfortunately we will not be able to purchase these titles in ebook format due to cost. For the titles in ClinicalKey, the average cost of the ebook is about 4.5x the print cost, with some titles nearly 8x the print cost. A list of the cancelled ebook titles can be found here.
678 journal titles will be cancelled. Most of these titles come as part of Health Business Elite (506 titles) and ClinicalKey (161 titles). 11 titles come from individual subscriptions. A few highly used and requested journals from ClinicalKey will be converted to individual subscriptions (i.e. American Journal of Medicine, Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology, Heart Rhythm, Pediatric Clinics of North America). You can order articles from most cancelled journals through McGoogan Docs, the Library’s free document delivery service. A list of the cancelled journal titles can be found here.
Other Cancelled Resources
- The official ABMS directory of board certified medical specialists
- OMMBID: Online Metabolic and Molecular Bases of Inherited Disease – this is available in the Library’s print collection
- Social Services Abstracts – literature database focused on social work, human services and related areas
- Sociological Abstracts – literature database covering social and behavioral sciences
- Grammarly – a resource to help with writing and grammar
- Sage journal package – list of titles can be found here
- Several individual subscriptions – list of titles can be found here
This year we will be assessing our collections and will be following up with students and faculty on their specific needs.