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Journal Retention & JSTOR Journals Due to diminishing use of print journals, Alkek Library has reviewed its journal retention policy, i.e. criteria to.

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1 Journal Retention & JSTOR Journals Due to diminishing use of print journals, Alkek Library has reviewed its journal retention policy, i.e. criteria to keep or withdraw journals.

2 Print Journals to Keep Journals/issues to which the library does not have full-text electronic access Journals/issues with no permanent/post- cancellation access rights Journals/issues that are not adequately preserved for future access High print use journals/issues, and Image-rich journals

3 Library may withdraw… journals/issues that fulfill every one of these criteria: The library has reliable full-text access to the journal, with perpetual/post-cancellation rights The digital versions are complete, of high- quality and in formats that facilitate preservation There is sufficient print and digital backup of content, and a sustainable plan to maintain it

4 We have such content, in JSTOR! JSTOR (Journal Storage) Project is a collaborative preservation effort by libraries and the Mellon Foundation. The purpose of JSTOR is to convert back issues of print journals into electronic format to save libraries space (and the capital costs associated).

5 JSTOR Cover-to-cover digitization from vol. 1 High-quality digitization process Content and metadata are in formats that can be converted to new formats as they develop. JSTOR has been certified as a trusted digital repository by the Center for Research Libraries.

6 JSTOR Electronic files are stored in three redundant data centers. Archive Capital Fees libraries pay to JSTOR cover the cost for preservation and migration of digital content. JSTOR works with institutions knowledgeable in the preservation of paper to store multiple copies of the original print publications (California Digital Library, Harvard).

7 What Is Being Withdrawn? Although many libraries have withdrawn all JSTOR journals, at this time we are withdrawing only a subset. Criteria: ◦ Both page-verified print repositories, Harvard and CDL, must be storing over 95% of the journal issues. ◦ Low number of images: less than one image per twenty pages.

8 What Is Being Withdrawn? 213 journals that are duplicated in the JSTOR database Only print volumes currently covered in JSTOR are on the withdraw list There will be NO LOSS OF ACCESS to the issues Current subscriptions to these journals are not impacted.

9 What are other libraries doing with their JSTOR issues? SERIALST listserv 2009 – 13 responses: 9 libraries discarded all JSTOR journals except high-use/high-graphics journals 3 libraries moved volumes to off-site storage (and reported minimal use of these volumes) 1 retained for 10 years then discarded

10 Our Plan 1. Make JSTOR Withdrawal List available to faculty, allow feedback through October.JSTOR Withdrawal List II. Contribute withdrawn issues to print repositories or JSTOR. Recycle issues not needed. III Repeat process annually or as needed as more journals meet the criteria.

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