Revisioning Collection Management

What is Perpetual Access?

Through contractually-defined Perpetual Access (PA), the USF Libraries' retains permanent e-based access. The USF Libraries is refocusing its collection expenditures on items that we can acquire with Perpetual Access rather than licensed subscriptions associated with reoccurring annual costs.

How can Open Access help you and the USF Libraries?

Open Access articles, books, media, and other creative content are freely available and can be used in research or instruction activities.

  • In many instances, when a research article is accepted, individual USF Faculty have to pay publishing fees, while the USF Libraries simultaneously pay millions to annually subscribe to
  • Many studies have found that Open Access research articles are read and cited more than those that are only available behind subscription walls; increased visibility, also increases impact.
  • We encourage faculty to consider publishing in Open Access journals or retaining the copyright to your own research and intellectual property. When possible, deposit a copy of your published research in the USF Libraries institutional repositories as noted below. Throughout it all, we’ll answer your questions and connect you to the resources you need.

Full Text Journal Articles

Interlibrary Loan and expedited Document Delivery are core library services to support your research. Through strategic reallocations of personnel and funding, the USF Libraries will increase capacity and enhance the user experience across all three USF campuses.

Additional options include:

  • Make your own publications available Open Access via the USF Libraries Faculty Researcher Profiles: Tampa St. Petersburg
  • Search for Open Access content via GoogleScholar or Open Access browser plug ins such as Open Access Button and Unpaywall.
  • Text or chat your questions to our Ask a Librarian service.

Electronic and Print Books

The USF Libraries will continue to purchase ebooks within our budgetary limits with an emphasis on titles with the most substantial usage.

  • Streamlined Interlibrary Loan (ILL) and Document Delivery services provided through the consolidated USF Libraries will ease access to monographs generally. Visit our Interlibrary Loan (ILL) page to borrow books, chapters, and articles both within the USF Libraries and from academic libraries across North America.
  • Consult with your Liaison Librarian to find books and other materials on similar topics.

Streaming Movies and Documentaries

Because the USF Libraries must discontinue leasing streaming media, and refocus on purchases for permanent access, we are encouraging faculty to work with us to successfully navigate this challenge.

  • Explore the movies and documentaries available through the USF Libraries Guide to Media.
  • Know and exercise Fair Use:
    • In US copyright law, Fair Use is the doctrine that brief excerpts of copyright material may, under certain circumstances, be quoted verbatim for purposes such as criticism, news reporting, teaching, and research, without obtaining permission from or payment to the copyright holder. Use our USF Fair Use Checklist to help you determine if your use of copyrighted content can be considered as “fair use.”
    • Teach Act: In US copyright law, the TEACH Act instructs educators if and when they can legally use copyrighted works in their distance education programs. Use our USF Teach Act Checklist to help you determine if your use of media in your distanced courses fits within the conditions of the TEACH Act.
    • Consult with the USF Libraries Copyright Librarian if you have any questions about Fair Use, the TEACH Act, or your use of copyrighted materials.
  • Consult with your Liaison Librarian to find alternative media content.