Message was sent from Todd Chavez, Dean of USF Libraries, to all deans and chairs from the Provost Office.
Dear Department Chair/School Director,
In October 2020, the USF Libraries began Revisioning Collection Management as a response to the 2020–2022 strategic budget realignment process and a decade-long pattern of unsustainable annual cost increases. Due to time constraints, we had to make difficult decisions based on analyses of a series of well-established variables. During the analysis phase we invited – and received – considerable faculty input, but are now entering a formal review/revise phase designed to solicit specific faculty feedback regarding library resources that were not renewed.
This is where we need your help.
On Tuesday, April 13, the USF Libraries will send you a Qualtrics survey concerning these non-renewed titles. We ask you to forward this information to your faculty; please feel free to send the information to graduate students in your departments if you wish to do so. Survey responses will help the library prioritize reacquisition of important resources using the remaining funds available following the strategic realignment process. To make the process more manageable for you and your faculty, lists of non-renewed titles are divided into three broad interdisciplinary clusters – arts and humanities, social sciences, and STEM – with each department receiving the category list most aligned with their content area. Links to data and other helpful information will accompany the survey.
All pertinent information concerning our process is available at lib.usf.edu/collections-and-discovery/revisioning/. If you are interested in information concerning specific titles, please consult the resources under review and/or retained resources links on this website. If you have follow-up questions, please contact your library liaison.
Thank you, and Go Bulls!