Since 2008, the University Libraries has actively moved serials subscriptions to electronic format in order to provide 24/7 access to the OU community and to slow the growth of our physical collections. In FY17, approximately 80% of our serial subscriptions were available only in electronic format. The University Libraries establishes electronic subscriptions for journals providing perpetual access guarantees to the content for which we have paid.
Because most serials no longer have current print equivalents in our campus facilities, and/or have stable electronic equivalents available, many are excellent candidates for storage or deselection. In 2015 and 2017, librarians completed serials review projects with a commitment to retain materials that support core research and teaching activities. Materials identified for deselection fall into one or more of the following categories:
Stable physical access options:
Stable digital access options:
Our storage facilities:
The University Libraries currently maintains library materials in two small storage sites on campus and three larger sites off-campus, all within the Norman city limits. Our newest facility, the Library Service Center, is climate-controlled, housing collections and serving as the primary workplace for library personnel from our Acquisitions, Cataloging & Metadata, and Knowledge Services units. Our off-site facilities primarily hold duplicate and low-use materials.
Excel files of final 2015 and 2017 serial decisions are available for download below.