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Hilton M. Briggs Library Policies

Policies & Procedures

SUBJECT: Paper versus Online Serial Subscriptions

NUMBER: 6.4

  1. Purpose

This policy guides our subscription practices when paper and online forms of a serial are available.

  1. Policy
  • In most cases, the library will not pay for both print and online subscriptions for a given serial.  If a serial title is available both in print and online, the preferred format will be online. 
  • This policy will be implemented on a case by case basis contingent upon the suitability of the online version.  Suitability includes factors such as the effectiveness and ease of use of the online interface, the reliability of the online system, the comprehensiveness of the content coverage, and the difference in cost between print and online access.
  1. Procedures
  • Print titles will be reviewed annually.
  • Any potential changes from paper to online format will be made in consultation with the relevant subject librarian (s) and department (s).
  • Faculty who disagree with a change may discuss their concerns by contacting their Subject Librarian.
  1. Related Documents
  • Collection Development Statement
  1. Responsibility

The Head of Technical Services or designee is responsible for implementation, enforcement, and ad hoc review of this policy and annual review of procedures. The Chief University Librarian is responsible for review and approval of this policy and associated revisions.

SOURCE:

Reviewed by: Library Faculty September 9, 2015

Approved by: Chief University Librarian September 9, 2015

Origination date: September 9, 2015

Revision dates: August 21, 2105

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