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Minding the gaps: Comparing research output and library holdings in four large engineering schoolsAcademic libraries are under tremendous pressure within their collections budgets, especially inCanada, where we have lost approximately 10% of our purchasing power due to currencyexchange rates over the last two years. With these factors in mind, are we still buying the contentin which faculty are publishing?This study compares serial subscriptions of four large academic engineering libraries in Canadato where researchers are publishing with the goal of better aligning library holdings with researchoutput. Research areas covered in the study include Chemical, Civil, Electrical, and MechanicalEngineering.The Web of Science (WoS) database (including the Conference Proceedings Citation Index-Science (CPCI-S) --1990-present) and the Compendex database will be used to extract articlesand conference proceedings published by researchers between 2008 and 2013. WoS andCompendex were selected because they capture affiliation information for each participatingauthor, something that many other engineering databases such as ASCE or IEEE do not provide.We plan to extract the citation data from the WoS and Compendex databases for our departmentsin the four engineering schools and match these with current serials subscriptions. We plan toanalyse the gaps and see whether more serials alignments are required.We are interested to see how our four large academic libraries have dealt with these collectionchallenges, and how individually (and as a group) we have aligned our engineering serialscollections to our users’ publishing patterns and needs.
Spence, M., & Saundry, A., & Mawhinney, T., & Dooley, S. J., & Barsky, E. (2015, June), Minding the gaps: Comparing engineering research output and library holdings at four large universities Paper presented at 2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Seattle, Washington. 10.18260/p.24491
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