Date: April 14, 2010
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: Jeanette Smith, NMSU Library, (575) 646-7492, firstname.lastname@example.org
Due to statewide budgetary shortfalls, the NMSU Library is challenged with taking a 27% cut to its materials budget. The
Library asks for the help of the university community in making these difficult decisions.
The Library has compiled a list of titles to cancel based on the following criteria:
- High cost-low use
- Low cost-low to no use
- Full text availability in our full text databases
- Consultation with departments re: less useful titles
- Dramatic cost increases over time
For print titles, the Library did not have usage data so it based its cancellation decisions on perceived importance of the title to the academic program or department.
A link to the preliminary cancellation list is available on the bottom of the 2011 Library Materials Reduction Project libguide at http://nmsu.libguides.com/content.php?pid=67080&sid=819051. The Library asks you to review these titles, and if you have questions or concerns, contact your department’s subject specialist at http://lib.nmsu.edu/depts/collserv/sel-liai.shtml or the Library’s Collection Development Coordinator Susan Beck.
The deadline for comment is noon, Monday, April 26, 2010.
We ask that departments not request swapping a to-be-cancelled title with a newly suggested added title. Unfortunately we are not in the position to add new serials titles with this project. On the contrary, we need to find over a half a million dollars in savings so we can preserve the collections that we do have.
If individuals or departments wish the Library to retain a specific title, we ask that they find an alternative title of equal value from their department’s list and to inform their department’s subject specialist or Susan Beck about the need to retain that title. In any case, we will need to learn about why the journal is important and specifically why it needs to be retained. We will add all title challenges to a list for further consideration and post all title challenges on the libguide. If our budget picture changes, we will be able to act quickly.
For more information, please contact the Library’s Collection Development Coordinator Susan Beck at (575) 646-6171 or