Library Resources and Services Changes for FY15

Given the continuing tight economic situation, the UMUC Library must reduce expenses while ensuring adequate quality and coverage for the UMUC curriculum. In addition, due to a vendor’s discontinuation of services, the hours of the Library’s reference service will change.

Library Database Discontinuations

Four library databases will need to be discontinued for FY15. The library has obtained input from the Deans of the Undergraduate and Graduate Schools, Assistant Deans, and Chairs and Academic/Program Directors from the affected program areas. The savings provided by this reduction will allow the Library continue to provide the core services required by UMUC students and faculty.

To be discontinued as of July 1, 2014:

  • Philosopher’s Index
  • Oxford Art Online
  • Ageline

With input from the schools, the Library used the following criteria to assess subscription library database resources:

  • The number of times the resource was accessed in the previous fiscal year
  • Overall cost of the resource and its per-use cost
  • Whether similar content was available in another resource or on the Web
  • How instrumental a resource is in supporting the UMUC curriculum
  • Whether the resource provided access to full text within the databases
  • Collection comparisons and benchmarking against UMUC peer institutions

Service Hours Changes

The vendor that the Library has used for overnight coverage of e-mail and for online chat services will be discontinuing this service after June 30, 2014. We have carefully explored other options while also considering the tight FY15 budget requirements, carefully reviewed usage statistics showing the most heavily used days and times, and consulted with both Stateside and Asia/Europe representatives on options. As a result we will be implementing the new schedule for reference services as follows beginning on July 1, 2014. All times are Eastern time.

Services hours as of July 1, 2014:

  E-Mail Instant Messaging (IM) Phone
Monday – Thursday: 8:30am-11pm 10am-10pm 11am-5pm
Friday: 8:30am-5pm 10am-5pm 11am-5pm
Saturday:  10am-7pm 11am-6pm Not available
Sunday: 1pm-10pm 2pm-9pm Not available

We will gather information throughout the summer term and make adjustments in the hours if needed for fall 2014.