A review and rationalisation of journal subscriptions undertaken by a library and information service in a Mental Health Trust in North-East England in 2009

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To describe the methods and processes used in an evaluation of local journal subscriptions in a mental health trust and to suggest possible further areas of investigation were similar exercises to be undertaken again.

Method and Results:

Results from a user questionnaire were analysed along with e-journal usage statistics and data from local document supply activity.


Journal reviews can yield surprising results. Carrying out a user survey is valuable in highlighting awareness of e-resources more generally and thus in providing evidence for marketing/information literacy initiatives. Future journal reviews should undertake impact analysis as potent evidence for continued expenditure on journals in this age of austerity.

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