In order to meet budget realignment targets, as well as to respond to a decade-long pattern of unsustainable annual cost increases, the USF Libraries is in the process of revisioning collection management strategies. A key component of the process is to evaluate all recurring expenditures to retain only those of primary importance to research and instruction at USF.
The immediate impact is the cancellation of LatinNews on November 1, 2020. A rigorous analysis of LatinNews considered usage, cost per use, research impact, and comparable subscribing universities with similar programs. The USF Libraries found declining usage over the past few years, resulting in a cost per use exceeding $25. The USF Libraries continue to provide access to Newsbank and Gale’s Informe for newspaper data, and other sources of country data, including OECD.
The USF Libraries’ commitment to providing USF faculty and students with access to the content needed for research and instruction is unwavering. For more information on the USF Libraries’ revisioning of collection management, please see: https://lib.usf.edu/collections-and-discovery/revisioning/. Updates will be posted to this page in the coming weeks, and I am attaching a handout with further information on our process, principles, and additional resources.
Revisioning Collection Management, Handout