University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma

Database Cuts

June 23, 2016

As of July 1, 2016, we will no longer have access to the following databases/electronic resources due to the state's ongoing budget crisis and the cuts summarily absorbed by Nash Library. These are annual subscriptions we have decided to discontinue. We based these decisions on a number of factors including usage, cost-per-use, number of USAO students in the discipline(s) targeted by a given resource, and accreditation requirements.

We have some electronic resources that we own outright because we made one-time purchases. These are sources that are never considered for cuts because there's no major annual expenditure to cut--all we have to pay is a nominal access fee. These include ABC-CLIO Ebooks, Gale Virtual Reference Library, Biological Abstracts (backfile), Literature Resource Center, and a few more.

If you look at the list of all electronic resources that Nash manages, you might wonder why a number of K-12 and consumer-level resources weren't "cut." The answer is that the Oklahoma Department of Libraries (ODL) pays for a lot of K-12 resources for teacher education and for a number of consumer-level resources. We receive these from the state at no additional cost to ourselves. However, depending on the developing state budget situation, many of these resources provided by ODL might disappear after October 1, 2016.

There are also a few resources on the list that are not considered for cuts (e. g., GreenFile, LISTA) because one of our major vendors, EBSCO, provides them at no cost to all libraries.

We have been negotiating prices on our resources in order to keep as many as possible, and we have worked to minimize the impact the cuts will have on our academic programs. We still will have a strong core collection of databases covering the wide variety of subject areas studied at USAO. Even if we don't have immediate access to an article, book, or other source you need, we can usually get it through interlibrary loan. Just fill out an Interlibrary Loan Request, and we will see if we can borrow the item from another library. In most cases, we can get articles within a couple days, and often within 24 hours. Books, because they come through the mail, may take a couple weeks.