To Use Print Serials or Not to Use Print Serials: That Is the Survey(Monkey)

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April 2010


A recent Print Serials Review was conducted at the University of South Florida Tampa Library with the intention of replacing low-use print titles with high-demand print or electronic resources. Two concepts motivated this project. 1) Journals have long been an important resource for an academic institution, but the format in which these resources are primarily used has changed with increased electronic availability. 2) Collection development librarians at USF wish to deliver high-demand resources to their faculty and students. In today’s economy, in order to make this concept a reality, low-use titles must be relinquished.

This presentation will consist of two parts. First, a description of the process and resources (physical, electronic, and personnel) the Library employed to identify journal titles that were deemed low use titles and could be replaced with higher demand titles. The second part will consist of a demonstration creating a survey using SurveyMonkey as well as analysis using Excel.