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Despite extensive annual negotiations with publishers and vendors, the cost of our subscription resources rises by 4-8% annually, far outpacing the rate of inflation and the realistic constraints of university budgets. To remain good stewards of University funds, fiscal year 2021 will bring with it a large cut to our subscription resources, with a goal of cancelling $500,000 – $600,000 worth of subscriptions.

We have conducted a thorough review of our subscription resources and created a list of proposed titles for cancellation. This can be found on our Journal and Database Cancellations Project LibGuide, along with a form to provide feedback on the titles, and a helpful FAQ. The campus community will have the opportunity to provide feedback through Friday, March 27th, 2020, and the final cancellation list will be posted on our website by the end of April.

We know that cancelling subscription titles creates challenges for our faculty, researchers, and students. Every effort will be made to retain the most heavily used subscriptions. We will help find alternate means of accessing information whenever possible, and encourage the use of services like Interlibrary Loan. We will deliver more articles upon request, in lieu of a reliance on institutional subscriptions. Ownership of these resources may change, but we are committed to ensuring that your access will not.

If you or others in your college/school have questions or comments, please direct them to Rebecca Richardson, Assistant Dean for Collections and Access, rarichar@purdue.edu.