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Evaluating and Managing our Electronic Journal Collection

By:   Matthew Wolverton


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The University of Michigan-Flint coordinates with its sister campuses, The University of Michigan-Ann Arbor and The University of Michigan-Dearborn, to purchase electronic resources as one University of Michigan entity.

This coordination affords University of Michigan-Flint students, faculty, and staff access to a large Carnegie Level Research University [RU/VH: Research Universities (very high research activity)] library collection at our Carnegie Master’s Level [Master’s/L: Master’s Colleges and Universities (larger programs)].

The Thompson Library is constantly evaluating our collection. One of the methods we use to evaluate our electronic journal collection is analysis of our holdings in the most highly cited periodicals per academic discipline.

We download journal citation rankings from SCImago Journal & Country Rank.

Then we determine if Flint, Dearborn, and Ann Arbor have access to each of the most current issue of the top 100 titles and compare the percentage holdings.

We have used this information multiple ways: to determine weaknesses in our collection that we need to bolster, to demonstrate to accrediting bodies our collection’s strength in given disciplines, and to see how progress in the electronic collection development has increased our percentage parity to Ann Arbor’s electronic holdings.

Below are a couple excerpts from completed analyses.

Digital Subscriptions Chart1

Digital Subscriptions Chart2


Please contact Matthew Wolverton (mwolvert@umflint.edu) with any questions or to request a report.

By:   Matthew Wolverton  —  Electronic Resource Management Librarian