[Eril-l] making cancellation decisions

Tim Bucknall bucknall at uncg.edu
Tue Oct 1 05:20:15 PDT 2019

We see CPU as the best, flawed metric for evaluating subscription online
resources. But CPU is a purely quantitative measure, and takes no account
whatsoever of qualitative impacts. So, CPU is a good place to start, but
shouldn't be used in isolation.

What that means in practice-

For databases, we generate an annual list sorted by CPU, with the most
expensive at the top. A group goes through the first 20 or so and  asks "do
we really need to keep subscribing to this product at that price and usage
level?".  We get the faculty perspective before dropping anything. The CPU
starts the conversation, but we consider a wide range of factors before
making a decision.

For ejournals, we believe anything over $10 per use should be questioned.
And for anything over $20, we'd likely cancel unless there was a very
strong case for retaining it. So, the CPU identifies the most "at risk"
titles, but many factors are considered before a cancellation decision is

On Mon, Sep 30, 2019 at 3:13 PM Mueth, Sarah <mueths at uncw.edu> wrote:

> Has anyone developed cost metrics to use when considering cutting online
> journals and databases? Like if the cost per use of a journal over $x, it's
> a candidate for cancellation, etc. I know there are other factors that come
> into play when making these decisions, just wondering if anyone has
> developed their own guidance.
> Thanks!
> Sarah
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Tim Bucknall
Asst. Dean of University Libraries, UNCG
Founder and Convener - Carolina Consortium
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