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|Title: ||An evidence-based approach to engaging healthcare users in a journal review project|
|Affiliation: ||Tallaght Hospital|
|Citation: ||Murphy, A, An evidence-based approach to engaging healthcare users in a journal review project, Insights, 2012, 25(1) 44-50, doi:10.1629/2048-77220.127.116.11|
|Issue Date: ||7-Mar-2012 |
|Additional Links: ||http://dx.doi.org/10.1629/2048-7718.104.22.168|
|Description: ||Due to significant cutbacks in the Irish health service, the Adelaide and Meath Hospital inc. the National Children’s Hospital (AMNCH) Library’s budget was reduced by 25% in 2011, necessitating the cancellation of journals. This paperdescribes a journal review project that adopted an evidence-based approach to evaluate journals for retention or cancellation. A second project aim was to communicate to users that a major reduction to the Library budget was expected and to prepare them for journal cancellations. A decision-making process was designed which used journal metrics and user evaluations. 500 key users were surveyed to rate journals relevant, of whom 36% responded. The process informed the decision making for 80% of titles. Of a potential 286 journals, 73 (25%) were identified for cancellation. It also provided a basis on which to evaluate journals similar in price, impact and coverage which otherwise would have been difficult to differentiate.|
|Keywords: ||User evaluations|
|ISSN: ||2048-7754 (Online)|
|Appears in Collections: ||Library & Information Science|
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