SFU Library Collections Management
Faculty and students at SFU have access to over 2.5 million print and microform volumes and 2.9 million online items, including:
- 1,350,000 print books and more than 400,000 ebooks
- 6,000 print and 63,000 ejournal subscriptions
- 500+ databases
- plus maps, data sets, slides, online images, films, DVDs and sound recordings.
Book selection and collection building is done primarily by the Liaison Librarians but coordination for the building of the collection is the responsibility of the Collections Management Division.
- Budget information
- Collections policies for SFU departments
- Migration to electronic-only journals
- New serial subscriptions | Serials costs for specific SFU departments
- Electronic collection information for librarians and faculty
- Journal usage study
- Scholarly publishing and communication
- Canadian Research Knowledge Network
- Guides to specific SFU Library collections
- Collections Management monthly reports
- Collection Allocation Task Group
- Library Course Assessments
- Contact Collections Management staff
- News and Announcements from the Electronic Resources Librarian
The SFU Library Materials Budget for 2012/2013 is available here.
The Library Materials Budgets from previous years are also available:
Library collections were reviewed to avoid a budget shortfall in 2009/10. A proposed list of subscription cancellations was compiled and posted to the web for review. Decisions on these titles were made in September 2009 after consultation with the SFU community. Unless otherwise noted on the final list of cancellations for 2010, the subscriptions were cancelled for calendar year 2010.
You can also look at the SFU Library Total Collection Expenditures 1999-2000 and the historical data for 1993/94-1999/2000.
The SFU Library now receives a significant portion of journal literature in both print and digital formats, and pays for both. The Library has been undertaking a process in consultation with faculty, to review these dual subscriptions and migrate to electronic-only journals when possible. This has been a significant Collections project since 2003. For details, please see our list of Criteria and Timeline.
Details about the financial implications of these changes iin the library materials budget are also provided:
Proposals for new journal subscriptions must come to the liaison librarian from the departmental library representative, because of the ongoing commitment of the library budget for that department. The Library's goal is to build and maintain a deep and stable collection of journals relevant to the teaching and research at SFU. Funds for new serial subscriptions can come from a variety of sources such as cancelling another title of equivalent value, moving funds from a book budget line, drawing on a central library fund that covers acquisitions for new faculty members, or from course assessments. Please ask your liaison librarian or Collections Management staff for more details about this. We also provide a list of SFU Library Serials Costs for each department.
- 2012 Journal usage (This file contains 3 worksheets: JR1 2012, Top 25, Top 10 per platform)
Journal usage. Sorted by title and by publisher:
Top 25 e-journals used at SFU:
Most used journal from each of the selected publishers:
Print Journal Usage Statistics
Reviews of print journal usage have been undertaken during selected periods beginning in March 2000. The usage statistics are listed in Excel files (.xls) on the following web page: Print Journal Usage Statistics.
We provide information for authors, editors, and librarians to support scholarly publishing activities.
The Library is active in supporting Open Access in a variety of ways. Please see our report Removing barriers: Open Access strategy at the SFU Library from January 2010 for details. The Library administers a Central Open Access Fund to cover Article Processing Charges for OA journals. In May 2010 the Library established a Scholarly Digitization Fund.
From time to time, campus events are also planned and will be listed here. Recent events:
- May 19, 2010 - Open Journal Systems for Editors
- October 20, 2009 Tools and Support for Open Access Publishing
- May 16, 2008 Is Open Access Publishing for You? presentations by guest speakers Gavin Yamey (PLoS) and Anita Palepu (Open Medicine)
- December 6, 2007 Building on experience: Continuing the scholarly communication conversation
- October 9, 2007 "OJS in a Day" workshop
- June 11 & 12, 2007 Workshop on scholarly communication for librarians *some resources from this workshop are available in the SFU Institutional Repository
- May 14, 2007 SFU campus forum for Journal Editors
Please also see our Scholarly Publishing Blog.
The Canadian Research Knowledge Network is a national consortium of 72 Canadian universities. It is a digital library initiative established by the Canadian research library community to increase the capacity for research and innovation in Canada. Its mission is to expand the universe of digital information to Canada's academic researchers through the co-ordinated services and expertise of academic libraries. This is done primarily through national licensing of electronic information resources for the research community. It has grown out of, and continues the work of, the Canadian National Site Licensing Project. SFU is a charter member and participates in most of the licenses offered by this consortium.
SFU has now rolled out the resources licensed by CRKN as part of its CFI-funded Digital Content Infrastructure for the Human and Social Sciences project. CRKN provides information about the project, including the resources selected
The Library Collection Budget Allocation Task Group (reporting to the Senate Library Committee) was struck in 1999 to address issues of equity between departmental budget allocations. At its June 26, 2000 meeting the Senate Library Committee recommended the acceptance of the Report of the Collection Allocation Task Group.
See also the March 2005 update to this report.Patty Gallilee, Acting Associate University Librarian, Collections & Scholarly Communication (778.782.3263)
Megan Crouch, Collections Librarian and Liaison Librarian (email@example.com ; 778.782.4962)
Sandra Wong, Electronic Resources Librarian (firstname.lastname@example.org ; 778.782.4930)
Christine Manzer, Collections Management Assistant (email@example.com ; 778.782.6896)