Springer is a major publisher of academic and professional journals, providing content that supports research and study, and articles suitable for course projects. With the purchase of the Online Archive Collection, UCF would gain perpetual rights to all Springer journals and book series from the first volume to 1996. Many of the included journals were started in the 1800’s, so the 961 titles comprise 34,454 individual volumes. Because the Libraries currently provides online access to all Springer journals from 1997 through to the present, this purchase of would enable UCF to access to all online journal content available from Springer.
The Springer Online Archive Collection is distinct from the Complete Springer eBook Collection 2005-2009 that was funded by the Technology Fee in 2009-2010, and from the Libraries’ current journals subscriptions. UCF users are discovering Archive content when they access the eBooks and current journals on SpringerLink. The Online Archive Collection complements the eBooks and the Libraries’ current subscriptions, and would give UCF access to almost all of Springer’s online English-language content.
Fair use of Springer content is permitted for educational purposes, including embedding links to the articles in Webcourses. Access would be available to all UCF students and employees, with off campus access enabled by EZproxy.
Student Access to Project Resources
Total number of students served by the project:
Because UCF will own the content, the collection will benefit not only the current 53,537 students and 1,707 faculty members , but will meet the instructional and research needs of the UCF community into the future.
Percentage of target student population to be served by the project.
One hundred percent of UCF students and faculty will have access to and will be served by the purchase of the Springer Online Archive Collection.
The table below shows the subject collections included in the purchase, the number of titles in each collection, and the undergraduate and graduate enrollment in selected UCF programs.
|Springer Online Archive Collection (OAC) Subject Libraries||Journal Titles||Journal Volumes||Book Series Titles||Book Series Volumes||Selected UCF Colleges and Programs||Undergrad Students||Grad Students|
|Behavioral Science Library||67||1,244||Exceptional Ed; Psychology||129||3,727||562|
|Biomedical & Life Science Library||211||10,991||1||Biology; Biomedicine||129||1,308||146|
|Business & Economics Library||59||1,063||College of Business||129||12,920||1,081|
|Chemistry & Material Science Library||103||3,951||5||Chemistry, Materials Engineering||129||164||155|
|Computer Science Library||94||1,431||1||Computer Science; Digital Media||129||1,904||393|
|Earth & Environmental Science Library||111||4,310||1||Environmental Engineering||129||144||34|
|Engineering Library||111||3,381||1||Engineering & Computer Science||129||3,052||618|
|Humanities, Social Science, & Law Library||141||3,001||Arts & Humanities; Public Affairs; Law||129||13,666||3,864|
|Mathematics Library||121||4,895||1||Mathematics, Statistics||129||184||116|
|Medicine Library||151||8,093||Medicine, Nursing||129||5,822||834|
|Physics & Astronomy Library||82||4,889||4||Physics, Optics||129||99||188|
The Springer Archive Collection is online and the content will be available to all UCF students, faculty and staff anywhere, anytime. Students will be able to discover Springer titles through the catalog, on the library Web site, and even in Google Scholar. Springer articles can be discovered in several well known indexing sources including Google. Springer articles are in PDF format and students may print, e-mail, and download articles to read off-line on a cell phone, laptop, or any computer.
The Springer Online Archive Collection benefits faculty by providing both literature for faculty research and relevant material for course assignments.
Benefit to Student Learning
Springer is recognized as a leading academic publisher, producing scholarly journals that are relevant and appropriate to university student course work and faculty research. The content will directly support student learning by providing material for course papers, projects, and study. Sample titles from the Archive hint at the breadth and depth of the content that will become available to UCF.
|First Year in OAC||Journal Title|
|1832||Irish Journal of Medical Science|
|1924||Cell and Tissue Research|
|1939||Archives of Virology|
|1951||Annals of Dyslexia|
|1956||Glass and Ceramics|
|1960||Studies in Philosophy and Education|
|1963||Economic Change and Restructuring|
|1965||Journal of Applied Spectroscopy|
|1966||The Urban Review|
|1968||Journal of Contemporary Psychotherapy|
|1971||Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders|
|1971||Water, Air, & Soil Pollution|
|1973||Clinical Social Work Journal|
|1973||Research in Higher Education|
|1975||American Journal of Criminal Justice|
|1975||ournal of Community Health|
|1976||Journal of Nonverbal Behavior|
|1977||Journal of Consumer Policy|
|1977||Law and Human Behavior|
|1978||Il Nuovo Cimento C|
|1979||Contemporary Family Therapy|
|1981||Plant Cell Reports|
|1983||Natural Language & Linguistic Theory|
|1985||The Visual Computer|
|1988||Journal of Cryptology|
|1989||Reading and Writing|
|1989||Research in Engineering Design|
|1990||JConstitutional Political Economy|
Many of the articles are suitable for course readings. The articles can be embedded in online courses and there is no limit on the number of people who can open Springer articles at once.
The UCF Libraries is committed to work directly with faculty and the Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning to publicize this collection and its potential use to meet the needs of UCF programs and for course readings. The Libraries will offer informational materials to distribute during various events, such as the faculty development conferences, and will feature information about the collection in newsletters and exhibits. And librarians will instruct students about accessing Springer online journals during Information Literacy sessions.
Project Success Metrics and Assessment Plan
The Libraries will measure the success of the Springer Online Archive Collection through usage data and surveys. Springer will deliver semi-annual usage reports that track which titles were used, and how many times articles were downloaded. In addition, Springer will create charts to reveal trends in usage patterns by discipline.
The popularity of the Springer eBooks Collection and the current Springer Journals indicate that usage of the Archive Collection will be high. During 2009, UCF users attempted to access Archive articles 6500 times, and statistics for the first half of 2010 indicate that the rate of attempted accesses is increasing. Usage will be even higher for this collection once it is purchased and entered into the UCF Libraries’ and Online Journals system. Usage is expected grow yearly for the first three years the Collection is available, with the following success metrics:
|Year||Target Unique Titles Used||Target Article Downloads|
LibQUAL+® and other surveys will be used to assess student satisfaction. For both faculty and students, satisfaction with the Collection content and interface should start high and remain high, and 70% or more of e-book Collection users should report that they are satisfied or very satisfied with the content and system.
The requested funds will cover the entire cost of the Springer Online Archive Collection. The UCF Libraries will maintain subscriptions to current Springer journals online, paying approximately $176,000 annually. There are no fees for maintaining access to the Archive Collection and UCF will own the content. Once the collection is purchased, UCF Libraries will ensure that access is provided in the catalog and through the online journals system.
No space is needed for the project. The Springer Archive Collection is online.