Our collections provide high quality and economically responsible resources to students, staff, and faculty to support their teaching, learning, scholarship, service, and creative endeavors. Librarians manage the selection, evaluation, and deselection of library resources using professional best practices.
Database and journal costs make up most of our expenses for materials. As you may know, we are in the midst of what is anticipated to be a lean period. Our budget and the rate of inflation of subscription database costs combine to make us careful about database costs.
After a review of best practices, we have identified and prioritized seven criteria to apply in evaluating how well each current database and journal package supports student learning and faculty research at Loras. These criteria include: