n South African Journal of Libraries and Information Science - Journal cancellations in university libraries in South Africa
|Article Title||Journal cancellations in university libraries in South Africa|
|© Publisher:||Library and Information Association of South Africa (LIASA)|
|Journal||South African Journal of Libraries and Information Science|
|Author||Ruth Hoskins and Christine Stilwell|
|Publication Date||Jan 2010|
|Pages||24 - 35|
|Keyword(s)||Journal cancellations, South African university libraries, University libraries and University of KwaZulu-Natal|
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.
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