The Ins and Outs of Journal Collection Development

Tuesday, 10/24/2017 - Wednesday, 10/25/2017
  • 10:00 AM-6:00 PM (Eastern)
  • 9:00 AM-5:00 PM (Central)
  • 8:00 AM-4:00 PM (Mountain)
  • 7:00 AM-3:00 PM (Pacific)

Journal subscriptions typically take up a majority of collection budgets for libraries, yet journals often get less attention than monographs and other library resources in terms of collection development. This e-Forum will focus on sharing best practices for selection and ongoing evaluation for this important component of library collections. Among other topics, we will cover developing criteria to evaluate journal renewals, the role of usage statistics in those decisions, communication with faculty or other constituents, analysis of packages, and more.

This e-Forum was presented on September 24-25, 2017. For a complete summary of this session, view Ins & Outs of Journal Collection Development: e-Forum Summary.

Learning Outcomes

In this e-Forum, attendees will:

  • Identify current trends in journal collection development
  • Garner ideas for how to think differently about journal collections
  • Improved understanding of metrics and other ways to analyze journal collections
  • Learn about existing challenges as well as prepare for future changes

Who Should Attend

Anyone interested in understanding more about or who is involved with collection development, serials and e-resources management, budgeting, and assessment.


Marija Markovic is an independent consultant who has worked solely in the corporate library environment in content management and copyright compliance roles. She has experience in implementing continuing e-resource collection and copyright strategies in global company settings. Marija completed her MSLIS and MA degrees at the University of Illinois.
Steve Oberg is serving for the second time as NASIG President and works as Group Leader for Resource Description and Digital Initiatives at Wheaton College (IL). Since 2002, he has taught classes on technical services as well as e-resources management in the iSchool at Illinois. He has worked in large academic libraries, a Fortune 100 healthcare company, liberal arts colleges, and a library systems vendor. Steve's MSLIS is from the University of Illinois.




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Tech Requirements

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