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Information on the Serials Crisis

With the cost of scholarly journals rising much faster than the rate of inflation and the number of such journals proliferating, university libraries around the nation are facing a "serials crisis"--they simply cannot afford to maintain past levels of journal subscriptions.

Many libraries have been forced to cancel subscriptions several times. Libraries are increasingly borrowing journals from one another and purchasing single articles from commercial document suppliers in order to maintain access to the latest scholarly research for their users.

"Serials Crisis", University of Tenessee Libraries)

One means that libraries have undertaken to gain clout and protect and enhance their collection of research materials, is to purchase access through a consortium of libraries.

Materials on Consortia:

Promotional Materials: Serials Crisis
Other Endeavors to Reduce Serial Costs:

Contact person for OCUL Faye Abrams (fabrams@library.uwaterloo.ca)
Page created by Mita Sen-Roy, University of Windsor

Revised September 10, 2001