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Project to Review Print Journals Continues in Spring, 2009

Last year, Library Services initiated a systematic review of print journal holdings currently available at Minnesota State, Mankato.


Last year, Library Services initiated a systematic review of print journal holdings currently available at Minnesota State Mankato. The review project, which is slated to cover three academic years, began with a review of the journal titles that support the College of Education
and the College of Business. The review will continue this spring with the College of Allied Health and Nursing and the College of Social and Behavioral Science faculty.  In the past decade, the number of resources, especially online, has increased dramatically.  At the same time, courses and programs offered by departments and programs have gone through significant changes. Consequently, we are undertaking an analysis of the current mix of journals and databases to determine if they continue to support the curriculum.  A survey will be sent to faculty members in these colleges to seek input on what kind of access to journal information works best for their discipline.  For example, programs with a strong online component may prefer electronic access for as many resources as possible. For journals with art reproductions, photographs or charts, paper might be a better alternative.  On the other hand, electronic access makes it easy to enlarge details of a graphic element.  In some instances, paying for document delivery might be a
better choice than subscribing to a high-cost, specialized journal that receives little use on campus. Other issues include the availability of and need for archival access to the information and a program’s requirements for resources to meet accreditation standards.  The Library sends a big "thank-you!" to the faculty members from the College of Business and the College of Education who responded to the survey last spring. The data collected have been tabulated and analyzed, and a report will be sent to each faculty member in those colleges.  Our goal is to make sure that we spend university funds most effectively to provide print and online resources that support Minnesota State’s academic programs. For more information, contact Becky Schwartzkopf, Serials Librarian, at or 507-389-5956.

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