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Resource Management Unit

Rod Library recently reorganized its services and staff into three divisions.  The Resource Management unit in the Content Discovery division combines acquisitions and collection management operations.  


The Collections component includes several Collection Strategist Librarians and support staff.  They are responsible for the selection of resources in all formats; management of the recurring materials budget and other funds, collection assessment and shaping of the collections and resources made available to the University community; preparation of reports on library resources and services in support of self-studies and accreditation reviews, and pursuit of cooperative collection development projects with other colleges and universities.

To identify the Collection Strategists for a particular subject area, please see: 

Collection Strategists

Questions about collections policies and procedures, and support for program and accreditation reviews, may be directed to Katherine Martin, Interim Associate University Librarian for Content Discovery.

Elsevier Updates

Changes in Elsevier Journals

Changes in Journal Subscriptions

With a static materials budget and competing resource needs, Rod Library has decided
to reduce our commitment to Elsevier journals. We have ended our participation in a
joint agreement with the other Regent libraries through which we provided access to the
journal package known as ScienceDirect Freedom Collection. As a result, the Library
will no longer be able to provide direct access to a significant number of journals. The
Library has also reviewed active subscriptions to individual Elsevier journals and made
changes accordingly, as outlined below.

Specific Details and Lists of Affected Titles

Taking into consideration factors such as cost per use and patterns in article retrievals
over the last five years, the Library has cancelled subscriptions to 90 titles with the 2018
volume, at a combined savings of over $209,000.00; these titles are listed here. Content
from these titles will remain available from 1995 (or the date they were first published by
Elsevier) through 2017.

There are 57 Elsevier journals to which the Library is maintaining individual
subscriptions, with access back to the 1995 volume (or the initial publication date if
later); these are listed here.

The Library has initiated new subscriptions, beginning with the 2018 volume, to 13
additional high-use titles that have been accessible only through the Freedom Collection
in the past. A list of these titles is found here.

Some ScienceDirect journals include open access content. These articles can be
identified and accessed at

Title Changes

In the process of reviewing the content of the ScienceDirect Freedom Collection and
assessing input provided through the faculty survey conducted in April 2017, the Library
identified a number of titles that have experienced changes in publisher or that, while
remaining Elsevier publications, have undergone title changes. This information may be
useful to you in conducting research. Those that have had a recent change in title are listed here.  
Titles that are no longer published by Elsevier are listed here.

E-mail alerts or SDIs (Selective Dissemination of Information). 

Elsevier does have e-mail or SDI (Selective Dissemination of Information) capability. E-mail alerts enable you to receive e-mail notifications when new issues of journals you have selected (journal alert), articles by specified authors (author alert), or articles on a subject of interest (topic alert), are published.  

To receive these types of messages create an account with Elsevier and provide an email address.  When trying this function, you may want to start with a limited number of journal titles, authors or topics to evaluate the volume of alerts you receive over time. 

For more information on how to get started Elsevier has created a 5-minute tutorial about this function at



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