Journal & Database Cancellation Review Process


Every academic year, the University of Iowa Libraries works to offset increases in the costs of information resources. Like our peer university libraries, our strategy is to minimize the impact of inflation by continuously monitoring the use of the collection to identify and eliminate journals, databases, and ebooks that:

  • are low-use;
  • carry a high cost per use;
  • duplicate content available from other sources.

In years past, these monitoring processes, along with reductions in spending on printed books, have enabled UI Libraries’ collection management team and liaison librarians to counter rising costs. However, during the 2019-2020 academic year, subscription costs will increase five to seven percent, and we are finding it difficult to identify further spending reductions. The UI Libraries must identify $600,000 in subscriptions to cancel. (Please note that subscriptions managed by the Law Library are not included in this process.)

To ensure that the best possible decisions are made in this difficult environment, we need your feedback. We are launching a three-stage journal and database cancellation review process:


Please check this site for updates about the process; we’ll be posting information about:

Faculty and staff should complete the feedback form to make a case to keep journal or database titles. All feedback should be submitted to Linda Walton at by Friday, April 5, 2019. If you need additional information, please contact the liaison librarian for your discipline.