Cancellation Notice: Scientific & Medical Art Imagebase (EBSCO)

Rationale for Cancellation of Library Resource

December 21, 2015

Title of resource: Scientific & Medical Art Imagebase (EBSCO)

Cost of resource: $6,200 CAD

Reasons for cancellation:

  • Very low number of uses based on vendor provided data – less than 10 uses in past year
  • Availability of large number of freely available resources (see below)
  • Not central to support curriculum or research

Date access will cease: January 1, 2016

Alternate resources:

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact: Scott Gillies, Head, Information Resources Team 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: An extensive content overlap between two similar 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 prioritize 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.