Collections expenditures 2019-2020: about $3.6 or $3.7 million (about 31% of the total library budget and less than $200 per student)
Largest collection expenditures:
ScienceDirect journals -- Freedom Collection, about 2000 current journals (most but not all ScienceDirect journals)
Monographs: books, some video, some ebook -- approx. $450,000
(but see next page for more on ebooks)
Wiley journals -- all Wiley--Blackwell journals
Springer Nature journals -- most but not quite all Springer journals. Just a few Nature journals.
Sage journals -- almost all Sage journals
We do not subscribe to a "Big Deal" with Taylor & Francis, but we spend over $100,000 on various T&F journals.
EBSCO databases -- We subscribe to about 15-20 of these. With some full text.
ProQuest databases -- These are mostly paid for by statewide NC Live service. With some full text.
Oxford journals -- We have all 350 of their current journals.
Use by AppState community -- Roughly 1 million subscription article downloads in 2019
-- Circulation of physical books continues to fall, to about 150,000 in 2017-2018
-- But availability and use of ebooks has increased dramatically
Some of the libraries' journal content is from JSTOR, ProQuest, and EBSCO. These vendors give us access to many journals on a delayed basis. We often use the term embargo. A 12 month embargo means that we get full text access only after 12 months passes from original publication. There are also often articles published under a label such as "Advance Access," for articles accepted and published but not assigned to an issue. Those will often be delayed for additional time from publication date. That is, a 12 month embargo might involve greater than a 12 month delay from publication in an issue.
We often have access to journals through more than one source. See eJournals on library webpage (center in August 2021). Also, we have a high-functioning system for accessing journal articles from other libraries, ILLiad.
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