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Serials Review

Information on the Serials Review project from the University Libraries

Process and Timeline

During the 2016 serials review process, subject librarians in Collection Development identified potential cancelations at levels of 3%, 5% and 8% of the total collections budget.  Many of the titles identified for cancelation at that time were part of packages known as “big deals.”  These large packages, often in collaboration with consortial partners, offer significant discounts off list price of journal titles. Our contracts with the vendors of these packages do not permit us to cancel individual titles. Therefore, in FY17 we canceled all titles identified at 8% that are not part of a big deal.  

Upon analysis of data from the 2016 serials review, it was determined that the University of Maryland Libraries would not renew its package subscription to titles from Taylor and Francis beyond the 2017 calendar year. Beginning in January 2018, subscriptions will be retained for a small subset of Taylor and Francis titles in order to meet programmatic and accreditation needs. A list of Taylor and Francis subscribed titles is available online.

Nearly all content canceled as part of the 2016 serials review and subsequent cancelation of the Taylor and Francis package is available through Interlibrary Loan services such as UBorrow, Scan & Deliver, and the Big 10 Academic Alliance Shared Print Repository.

Contact Us

We value your comments and will do our best to answer your questions.  Please send feedback to the relevant subject librarian (you can find a list at http://www.lib.umd.edu/directory/specialists) or to Daniel Mack, Associate Dean, Collection Strategies and Services, at dmack@umd.edu.