Liaison library faculty work with department and college faculty for input on certain collection decisions that will inform the Collections Council who make the final decision.
Liaison library faculty work with department and college faculty for input on certain collection decisions that will inform the Collections Council.
The Library also welcomes any feedback about our collections and you can share your feedback with your department liaison or through our feedback form.
You can also contact your liaison librarian to discuss your research needs and help finding additional resources. Your librarian can also share data about the journal and potential alternate access options.
- We continue to provide critical services such as the one-on-one reference services and liaison consultations, as well as Interlibrary Loan. Even though we don’t own something doesn’t mean we can’t get it for you. We are also developing instruction tools to help you and your students learn how to use alternative access options when researching.
- We continue to iterate and improve our multifaceted collections evaluation criteria. For example, when we look at usage information, we know that a lot of research is used by multiple disciplines and stakeholders. Therefore instead of considering the needs of only one discipline, we are working to balance the needs of all patrons. The expectation is that as we refine our collection, we will end up with the best resources that are truly useful to the campus.
- We critically examine all large journal packages. On the surface, large collections of journals, like the Taylor & Francis package, seem like a good deal. However, there are strings attached. In most cases, signing large deals locks the library into multi-year agreements, tying up the collections budget for the period of the contract. Additionally, the packages come with built-in inflation; on average subscription prices increase 6% annually. What started out as a good deal can become a tremendous financial burden, even within a few years. By changing how we license content, we are gaining critically needed flexibility that will allow us to move with the university as research needs evolve.
- Last fall we launched a task force to explore new ways to provide content. The scholarly communications landscape is evolving at a tremendous rate. We can now obtain not only purchased materials but a wide variety of open access content as well. Additionally, researchers have been asking us to obtain a greater variety of formats now used to disseminate scholarship. Our task force has been charged with investigating new access options and examining their viability. Based on their recommendations, the library’s Acquisitions and Collections unit will work to incorporate into the library’s collection these new resources.
- We are your information advocate. We understand how frustrating it can be to not be able to quickly and easily get the resources you want. Let us know when you run into an information barrier and we will help you overcome it.
Once you share this information, your liaison can begin working with you to determine if the library has adequate materials within the given subject area and in the format needed. If the library collection doesn’t have the needed resources, we will work with you to identify appropriate materials and then provide you information regarding cost, format, and access options. These details can then be used to correctly respond to the “Library Resources Verification” section of your Curriculum Change Request.
Licensing new titles, or renewing expired licenses will be evaluated on a case by case basis. In some cases we may need to ask the requestor’s department to provide funding to license resources. We are evaluating our collections to make adjustments to subscriptions and free up funds for one time purchases, such as streaming media.
We want to provide as many services and resources to our faculty and students as possible and we will do our best to ensure access to the resources you need. Please continue to send us your materials requests. We will do our best to fill them.
If you have further questions, please contact the Interim Head of Acquisitions and Collections, Mary Aagard (email@example.com) 208-426-4025. She is eager to listen to the concerns of faculty and to get feedback as the library is dealing with these difficult financial considerations.
Yes. Library organizations and publishers have been tracking materials expenditures and inflation rates. The Association for Research Libraries (ARL) provides the following graph that charts the rise in journals (serials) and other materials expenditures.
Also, EBSCO surveys different types of academic libraries to record data on journal price fluctuations.
Consider carefully where you publish your research and scholarly output. By publishing in Open Access journals you will help change the dynamics of publishing and its impact on library budgets. You can use your influence on editorial boards and as reviewers to identify sustainable and affordable ways to provide access to scholarly information. You can submit your work to Boise State’s institutional repository, ScholarWorks.
You can link directly to subscribed library content in Blackboard or your course management system. The direct links generate usage data which is a major consideration when reviewing titles. If you need help, we created a guide for creating and using permalinks.
- Funding for all library student assistants and temporary staff would provide enough funding to cover inflation for one year.
- The average Classified Staff salary in the library is $37,800 per year. Each fiscal year we would need to cut 4 Classified Staff positions to cover the increasing costs.
- Once the Classified Staff positions were gone, we would need to move on to the Professional Staff. The average Professional Staff salary in the library is $54,720/year. Each fiscal year we would need to eliminate 2.75 Professional Staff positions to cover the increasing costs.
- Once the Professional Staff positions were gone, we would need to cut faculty lines. The average faculty salary in the library is $67,000/year. Each year to cover inflation, we would need to cut 2.25 faculty positions to cover increasing costs.
- The end result?
- In the first year, library hours would be drastically reduced because we rely on student assistants and temporary staff to keep the library open nights and weekends.
- In just over 5 years, there would be no classified staff to keep the library open, purchase materials, work with vendors to provide access to e-books, check out materials, set up your ScholarWorks pages, or do Interlibrary Loan borrowing of materials we don’t own.
- In just over 9 years, there would no longer be any professional staff to negotiate licensing of e-resources, catalog materials, make Open Access materials discoverable, set up databases so you can search them, provide access to full-text materials, and manage all of the large and small technical issues that crop up in a highly technical environment.
- In 17 years, all of the library faculty positions would be eliminated as well.
- You would have a library materials budget but no way to spend it or get access to the things you could buy.
- The funding from staff cuts would simply maintain current subscriptions. There still wouldn’t be any flexibility to purchase new materials.
Of course this is a very simplified analysis that doesn’t include benefits, but you get the point.
In addition, the funding we have available for professional development will only cover a small portion of the annual inflation cost for one year. For example, if the impact of inflation increases the cost of current subscriptions by $150,000 each year, the $50,000 we reserve for professional development and travel would only cover 1/3rd of that cost increase for one year.