Cancellation Notice: United Nations Documents and Publications

Rationale for Cancellation of Library Resource

November 16, 2016

Title of resource: United Nations documents and publications

Cost of resource: $13,622 per year

Reasons for Cancellation:

This product is only available in an outmoded and difficult to use format (microfiche). As a result, the cost-per-use of this product is very high i.e. an expensive product which is only rarely used. There is also extensive overlap and duplication between the content published on this platform and public documents which are made freely available through the United Nations’ online libraries and websites.

Date Access Will Cease:

  • Immediately

Alternate Resources:

  • The documents published in this resource are nearly all freely available online on various UN library websites (General Assembly, Security Council, Economic and Social Council, Trusteeship Council, Secretariat and International Court of Justice)

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact: Scott Gillies, Head, Information Resources Team at sgillies@uoguelph.ca

General Criteria for Cancellation of Electronic Resources

Cancellation decisions are in most cases based on one or more of the following criteria:

  • Cost: The inflationary costs of scholarly information continue to rise annually. In addition, the Library’s budget is particularly impacted by currency fluctuations (over half of the Library’s scholarly resources are paid for in U.S. funds)
  • Overlap: Significant content overlap with other Library resources
  • Usage: Past usage of the resource by University of Guelph (including University of Guelph Humber) students, faculty, and staff
  • Scholarly need: Alignment of a resource with the University’s curricular and research programs; The scholarly importance of the resource (its centrality to the discipline and to accreditation requirements); the Library will prioritise keeping full-text (e.g. journal subscriptions) over indexes (e.g. BIOSIS, Communications Abstracts)

The decision to cancel a resource is made only after considerable discussion and exploration of alternatives - for more detailed information on the process followed, please refer to the Library’s Cancellation Policy.