Are Serials Worth Their Weight in Knowledge? A Value Study

Jones, Glenda Flanagan
Cassidy, Erin Dorris
McMain, Lynn
Strickland, Susan
Thompson, Molly
Valdes, Zachary
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Journal of Academic Librarianship (Elsevier)

The researchers aimed to use qualitative measures to define value as applied to print and electronic serial publications held at Sam Houston State University. Researchers examined faculty key activities—namely, Research, Publishing, Course Preparation and Development, Service, and Personal Interests—and also asked about the perceived extent of support that library journals provided for these key activities. The results of a survey sent to the faculty of two major colleges, Education and Criminal Justice, emphasized the importance of electronic over print serials for research, publishing, and teaching. Many respondents reported that they never used print serials for key activities but have recently used electronic serials. The print serial collection was reported to provide only minor support for the key activities whereas the electronic serials collection was reported to support those to a major extent. Most faculty respondents reported that they would drop subscriptions to personal interest journals if the Library obtained electronic access.

value, journals, libraries, academic, serial collections
Jones, G. F., Cassidy, E. D., McMain, L., Strickland, S. D., Thompson, M., & Valdes, Z. (2015). Are serials worth their weight in knowledge? A value study. Journal of Academic Librarianship 41(5), 578-582. doi:10.1016/j.acalib.2015.07.004