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Collection Revisions

Keep up-to-date on changes made to Library collections

An effective library collection changes with the needs of learners, teachers, and researchers. We are committed to ongoing collection analysis and assessment in a way that best supports Mount Royal scholars while enacting strategic adjustments based on fluctuating currency exchange rates, inflationary pricing, and changes to the University’s budget. This is the place to review updates and pertinent insight into decisions about resources removed from Library Collections.

The Reduction Process

Electronic resources are routinely reviewed to determine what material must be cancelled and where there may be a gap to fill. Each e-resource is thoroughly assessed with the help of a 5 step process to determine if it should stay or go.



Analysis of the Resource

Defining the complete scope of the journal or database to determine the subject(s) it covers and size.


Uniqueness of Coverage

A deep dive to understand which areas utilize the e-resource and the need it is meeting, as well as an investigation into whether a different option fulfils the same role.


Degree of Use

If a resource is rarely used, we want to know why and decide if there is no longer a need to continue its subscription.


Value to Students and Faculty

Each subscription must meet the academic needs of MRU scholars. If it doesn’t, it’s time to cut ties.


Function and Features

The process to find important information within a resource should be as smooth as possible. Design, usability, and interface are ranked to determine the level of compatibility with the resource.

Cancellations

Name Final Day of Access Reasons for Cancellation Alternate Resources Cost of Resources
(per annum)
Design and Applied Arts Index September 30, 2020

Usage for this resource has decreased in recent years and, as an index only, it is not providing access to full-text content.

Non-disclosure agreement prevents public sharing
Encyclopedia Britannica September 30, 2020

This content is available through other resources and the electronic version is no longer of significant value to its targeted discipline. 

$5,677
GeoRef June 30, 2020

This resource provides access to a limited number of full-text titles, most of which are available through other Library databases. In addition, usage for this resource has decreased in recent years.

Non-disclosure agreement prevents public sharing
Women’s Writing in the British Isles from the Beginnings to the Present June 30, 2020

Analysis reveals a pattern of low usage, partial overlap of content with other resources and general concerns about the usability of the resource.

$1,431 
Columbia International Affairs Online (CIAO) June 30, 2020

The content in this resource overlaps with other library resources and is not always compatible with LibrarySearch, meaning that it is difficult for users to find. In addition, usage of the resource has decreased significantly in recent years.

$1,697

 

New Additions

The goal of an active collection is to bring in new titles as others are released. This is a small selection of some of the more notable new purchases made recently.

 

New Databases

Criterion-on-Demand
Educationally relevant feature films for use in Canadian higher education Institutions. Title selection includes 1920 classics, new releases, foreign films, literary adaptations, documentaries, animated titles, and independent features.

International Medieval Bibliography
Multidisciplinary bibliography of Europe, North Africa, and the Near East (300-1500). Indexes 365,000 articles with subject, location, and date.

SciFinder Scholar
A research discovery application that provides integrated access to references, substances and reactions in chemistry and related sciences. SciFinder works best in Internet Explorer.

Theses Canada Portal
Theses Canada Portal strives to acquire and preserve theses and dissertations from participating universities; provide free access to Canadian electronic theses and dissertations in the collection; facilitate access to non-digital theses and dissertations in the collection.

 

New Books and E-Resources

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