Periodicals differ from monographs in that a periodical subscription is an ongoing financial commitment for the library. In addition, periodical publishers charge higher prices for libraries than they do for individuals. Taking into consideration the issue that periodicals prices also increase at a rate that far exceeds such standard economic indicators as the Consumer Price Index, great care must be taken to make the best use of available financial resources.
It is important that all requests for new periodical subscriptions be examined carefully in relation to the educational mission and limited financial resources of the Library.
In order to support the teaching mission of USF, the highest priorities will be given to journal subscriptions that support the university curriculum while balancing requests for new material with the academic need that existing subscriptions be continued.
Some or all of the following criteria are used in evaluating titles for acquisition or cancellation: