Journal cancellations in university libraries in South Africa

Ruth Hoskins, Christine Stilwell

Abstract


This article is based on part of a survey that investigated journal cancellations in university libraries in South Africa. A study population consisting of 17 university libraries in South Africa was surveyed by means of an online questionnaire to establish the factors that influenced journal cancellations. Interpretation of the results revealed that South African university libraries, like most academic and research libraries world wide, have been adversely affected by high priced journal subscriptions and many libraries have simply cancelled subscriptions to pay for ongoing subscriptions. Recommendations are made about enhancing library budgets and access to usage statistics, supporting consortia and avoiding restrictive journal packages.

Keywords


Journal cancellations; university libraries; South African university libraries

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7553/76-1-83

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