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Milner Library Research Roundtable

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serials, collection development, open access, scholarly communication, academic libraries


As library budgets are cut or remain flat, librarians asked to do more with less are considering diverse data to investigate how best to invest limited funds. The data available to librarians are extensive but they may also be contradictory. In this presentation, we contextualize findings from interviews conducted with Illinois State University faculty with institutional and collections data. Using the words of faculty members across disciplines, we highlight some of the tensions around discovery and access to scholarly literature, perceptions of urgency, and engagement with open access. The interview results--triangulated with institutional usage and cost data—suggest a variety of ways by which to support serials access and align our practices with the strategic plan of our University and Library.

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This project was funded by a University Research Grant from Illinois State University.


This research was first presented at the Charleston Conference in 2023, but was updated and revised for a Milner Library Research Roundtable in 2024.



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