Collection Development Policy: Ongoing Commitments/ Subscription-Based Resources

With all subscription-based collection resources or purchases with annual access fees, the RMU Library analyzes usage statistics and continuing need when examining current subscriptions and considering potential subscriptions.

Other criteria considered include:

  • Curriculum needs; faculty requests
  • Accessibility: supports IP authentication and EZ-Proxy access; Open-URL compliant
  • Usability: user-friendliness, compatibility with multiple browsers, multiple operating systems; does not require downloading of special software
  • Discoverability of content
  • Uniqueness; fills a previously unfilled curriculum or research niche
  • Number of potential users
  • Availability of usage statistics
  • Availability of price increase caps in licensing agreements
  • Vendor reliability, responsiveness