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The Libraries' Journal Study Survey

The Libraries are looking for Faculty & Grad Students to participate

Over the past decade, academic journal subscriptions have been sold in bundles, similar to cable TV.  Libraries have to subscribe to these packages, although there may be relatively few journals in them that are relevant to institutional teaching and research needs.   At the UMass Amherst Libraries, we find ourselves in a very similar situation.   We spend a significant percentage of the collections budget for the packages and pricing for them is structured in such a way that annual cost is less if we commit to multi-year agreements.  That commitment, though, limits our purchasing flexibility and hampers our ability to purchase books and subscribe to new resources that support emerging areas of scholarship.    

While we have journal use data, that quantitative data is only one measure of a journal’s relevance.  For that reason and others outlined above, the Libraries are asking faculty and graduate students to complete a very short survey regarding journals.  

The survey responses we receive, along with existing use and citation analysis data, will help us understand how journals are being used, identify gaps between current subscriptions and the real needs of our community, and allow us to make adjustments.  The survey has been developed as part of a continuous review strategy which we anticipate conducting every three years.

Please know we are committed to providing you with access to the content you need, whether we subscribe to it, purchase it, or deliver it through Interlibrary Loan.

For more information about the survey, please contact Sally Krash, Head of Information Resources Management: 413-545-6865,