We have always been committed to carefully developing and stewarding collections that support the research and learning needs of the UConn community. In order to continue to uphold these commitments, we are currently performing an extensive review of collections and collections-related services. The goal of the review is to evaluate collections and collections-related services in an environment characterized by:
- Rapid changes in the ecosystem of scholarly communications
- The evolving needs of the UConn community
- Increased coordination and partnership within the UConn Library system (i.e., Storrs, Health, Law, Regional Campus libraries)
- The need to maintain vibrant, relevant, and easily usable collections
- Scarcities in funding and ongoing increases in subscription cost
The Library’s collections review has been designed to be data-informed, combining qualitative metrics (e.g., feedback from faculty and students) with quantitative data such as cost, usage, cost-per-use, and alternate coverage and access options. See our Factors to Consider page for additional details on the principles and metrics that inform the review.
The review will be further guided by our understanding and promotion of the evolving manners through which knowledge is created, shared, discovered, and accessed. These evolutions include Open Access models of scholarship and the adoption of Open Educational Resources to enable student learning. We are also actively engaged in efforts to reduce collection costs by negotiating reduced renewal prices with publishers and vendors and by continuing our efforts to maximize the value of consortial sharing agreements.
As we carry out the review, we will update our collections review webpages while also actively consulting and sharing information with the UConn community. If you have questions or concerns, please Contact Us.