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August 28, 2009

Henderson Library subscription & database review

We would like to extend our appreciation to all the academic
departments that participated in the two rounds of electronic database
and journal subscription reviews. We deeply regret the necessity for
these reductions and hope the state’s economy will rebound soon so we
may begin building our collections again.
Our budget shortfall originally totaled $478,751.60, and it appeared we
would have to reduce our monographic spending and discontinue all
database and journal subscriptions that were designated “not needed”
or “desirable.” However, we are very grateful that Provost Gary
Means has allocated $125,000 from online course tuition funds, which
reduces our shortfall substantially and enables us to keep some of the
titles we know are needed, based on your feedback.
By going to http://library.georgiasouthern.edu/subscriptionreview/ you
will find the lists of current database and journal subscriptions, with
the titles to be cut indicated with the “current cost” highlighted
in yellow, and the titles to be converted to “online only” with the
“online only cost” highlighted in green.
Titles with no highlights are to be renewed.
In most cases, the journal titles to be discontinued will not disappear
until January 1, 2010, although some titles will have to be canceled
separately on various dates. The database expiration dates are noted on
the database cancellation list, along with our best alternative
resources in those subject areas. Again, we regret the loss of these
titles and our inability to add new titles at the present time. Our
Interlibrary Loan and GIL Express personnel will continue to provide the
fastest, most efficient, and least expensive document delivery service
possible, and we invite partners for private fund raising ventures and
grant proposals that could add new and restore lost information
resources that you need.

W. Bede Mitchell, Ed.D.
Dean and University Librarian
Zach S. Henderson Library
Georgia Southern University
P.O. Box 8074
1400 Southern Drive
Statesboro, GA 30460-8074
912/478-5115 (voice)
912/478-0093 (fax)
wbmitch@georgiasouthern.edu


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