Effective Subscription Management and Alternatives

Libraries face opposing pressures of reduced budgets, patron demand for new content, and increasing costs. This webinar presents a method to collect and analyze cost and use data to evaluate your journal collection (including how to analyze that Big Deal). The presenters will discuss a variety of alternatives to subscriptions to enable patron access to needed content. Presenters will also discuss how to effectively communicate journal access changes with faculty.

An ALCTS webinar.

Originally presented on Wednesday, February 15, 2012.

Learning Outcomes

Attendees will learn a method to evaluate journals in the library's collection and alternatives to subscriptions, in the event of cancellation or a decision not to purchase.

Who Should Attend

All levels of library staff with responsibilities for acquisitions and collection management.


Deborah Lenares is Acquisitions, Serials, Resource Sharing, and Collection Manager for the Sciences at the Wellesley College Library. She has experience in both corporate and academic libraries where she has migrated the collections and services from print to web based. Deborah has a B.S. in Chemistry and a Masters in Library and Information Science. Her interests as a librarian are ebooks, handheld reading devices and evidence based management of library collections.

Steve Smith is the manager of the collection management and preservation group at the Wellesley College Library. He is active in many professional groups and library consortia, particularly the Boston Library Consortium and the Oberlin Group, and is an adjunct faculty member at the Simmons College GSLIS.




How to Register

Recording (YouTube)

Recording (.wmv)

Slides (.pdf)

Tech Requirements

Computer with Internet access (high-speed connection is best) and media player software. Headphones recommended.

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For questions or comments regarding the webinars, contact Julie Reese, ALCTS Events Manager at 1-800-545-2433, ext. 5034 or jreese@ala.org.