SPEC Kit 316: Evaluating E-resources  ·  61
Changes in product Increased cost Changes in curriculum/research.
Content changes, funding changes, faculty requests, research needs change.
Continued need not being met by other products.
Data errors; cost adjustments.
For more in-depth analysis during budget reduction.
Funding becomes available.
If funding became available or disappears, if faculty/courses changed.
If the cost fluctuates significantly, if the interface improves, if technology improves, if terms of use change (i.e., ILL,
e-reserves, course packs, etc.)
Individual selectors are responsible to evaluate and revisit if necessary. They would keep their own documentation.
Item is cancelled but we receive requests for its reinstatement; new program; change in coverage, pricing model, or
platform, etc.
Major changes in the product itself, its cost, and/or needs of the library can and often do result in a re-evaluation.
Multi-year agreements.
Patterns of campus use sometimes do not reveal themselves until after cancellation of a product: in such cases, we
would reopen the evaluation and decision in light of new information.
Same as previous answer.
Selected evaluation criteria are maintained, such as usage statistics and other metrics
Upon request of bibliographer. Resource may have been rejected due to cost so may be reviewed in new budget cycle.
Usage statistics and cost.
Very seldom.
We have no formally planned mechanism for recording and maintaining e-resource evaluation; however, we save e-mail
correspondence; record decisions in our ILS, in spreadsheets, and notes we place in paper files.
When new products become available.
Answered No
All decisions are routinely reviews at 2–3 year sunset intervals.
Change in research focus.
Changed budget situation and/or vendor developments.
Evaluations might be revisited when there is a product change, change in curriculum, or funding capabilities.
If the price jumps considerably.
These questions are the same response as ‘consortia’ decisions. Please refer back to consortia answers for the
corresponding question.
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