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Collection Management Guidelines: Journals

HPD Library Collection Management Guidelines & Best Practices

Overview

At present, there are approximately 2,700 active print and electronic journal subscriptions, with a total of over 60,000 print volumes.

 

General

We encourage all HPD faculty members to suggest journals to purchase or subscribe to.

All requests for journals are subject to approval.

We hold a preference to provide access to requested journals in electronic format.

Electronic

  • We collect and/or provide access to electronic journals that are relevant to our HPD programs.
  • We maintain current electronic subscriptions for titles by owning, leasing and through large aggregating databases.
  • Electronic journals are actively maintained and reviewed periodically based on a balance of several factors:
    1. Cost;
    2. Availability and accessibility in electronic format;
    3. The nature of electronic format (e.g. - aggregated, leased, owned, etc.);
    4. Availability for access from other local, regional, and national libraries through InterLibrary Loan;
    5. Focus of specialty;
    6. Importance of the journal title in that field of study (Impact Factor and Eigenfactor); and
    7. The amount of use the title has received over a reasonable amount of time (data examined between 1 to 2 years of use by statistics provided by the vendor, local click-through counts, and use by InterLibrary loan).
  • We hold a preference for access by I.P. Validation.
  • We hold a preference for access for Unlimited users/Site License.
  • We hold a preference for title ownership with perpetual access.

Print

  • We collect and house print journals that are relevant to our HPD programs.
  • We maintain current print subscriptions for titles that are difficult to access or are not archived in electronic format.
  • We maintain print archives for previously subscribed titles where electronic archival format is difficult to access or not assured for perpetual access.
  • The NSU HPD Library is an NLM resource library that participates in MedPrint. http://www.nlm.nih.gov/psd/printretentionmain.html. We maintain print archives for previously subscribed titles that have been identified as important to our collection and/or important for local, regional, and national archiving and lending purposes.
  • We attempt to focus our print archives in the following areas: Osteopathic Medicine, Optometry, and Dentistry.
  • Print journals are withdrawn based on a balance of several factors: 
    1. Cost;
    2. Availability and accessibility in electronic format;
    3. The nature of electronic format (e.g. - aggregated, leased, owned, etc.);
    4. Availability for access from other local, regional, and national libraries through InterLibrary Loan;
    5. Focus of specialty; and
    6. Importance of the journal title in that field of study (Impact Factor and Eigenfactor).

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