Academic journal article Journal of the Medical Library Association

Rethinking the Core List of Journals for Libraries That Serve Schools and Colleges of Pharmacy

Academic journal article Journal of the Medical Library Association

Rethinking the Core List of Journals for Libraries That Serve Schools and Colleges of Pharmacy

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The American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP), founded in 1900, is the national association representing all US accredited colleges and schools of pharmacy education. The organization's mission is "to lead and partner with our members in advancing pharmacy education, research, scholarship, practice and service to improve societal health" [1], The Library and Information Science (LIS) Section of AACP was established in 1970 as the "Section of Librarians," replacing the Joint Committee on Pharmacy College Librarians, to support librarians and information professionals serving or affiliated with colleges or schools of pharmacy. The section went through several names changes before becoming the LIS Section in 2012, and will be referred to as the LIS Section herein.

Development of a core journal list for a discipline or specialty area within the biomedical sciences dates back several decades to the "Brandon Selected List of Books and Journals for the Small Medical Library" [2], This biennial publication by Alfred Brandon (first released in 1965) was widely regarded as the standard title list relevant to the small medical library [2, 3]. Similar lists still exist in a variety of disciplines, including nursing and veterinary medicine [4-6]. Additionally, individual institutions have described the development of a core journal collection [7], When establishing a core list of biomedical journals, it is understood that no individual institution can incur the economic impact of the entire volume of publications available in the biomedical sciences [3]. The scope of publications available may also not be consistent with the curricular emphasis of individual programs.

The LIS Section publishes Basic Resources for Pharmacy Education and the companion Core List of Journals for Libraries that Serve Schools and Colleges of Pharmacy [8] (also known as the Core Journals List) as guides tor developing and maintaining pharmacyaffiliated library collections. Development of the Core Journals List provides librarians who serve those programs and pharmacy faculty and who are responsible for procurement of resources with an objective resource to support collection development.

The LIS Section introduced the first edition of the Core Journals List in 1997 as a complement to the Basic Resources for Pharmacy Education. An ad hoc committee (later a work group) created the list as a tool to support collection development for a school or college of pharmacy and to assist with accreditation. The decision of which titles to purchase and how the list was used for accreditation would depend on the type and size of the library. The LIS Section subsequently updated the list four times using an evolving methodology to best capture the journal titles that are most useful to pharmacy education.

The first Core Journals List, published in 1997, was developed by comparing journal holdings of 11 member libraries or drug information centers. Only print journals were considered for inclusion. The final list included print titles that were held by at least 7 of the 11 participating institutions. Titles held by nearly all of the libraries of work group members were indicated as recommended for first purchase on the list. This original list included 89 journals, 19 of which were indicated as first purchase recommendations [9]. The second edition of the list, published in 2003, was compiled in a similar manner, although electronic titles were considered and work group members used the collections of 10 colleges and schools of pharmacy as reference points. The final title list included 109 titles and 29 first purchase recommendations [10].

The methods were revised significantly for the third edition of the Core Journals List, published in 2009. Work group members evaluated for inclusion peerreviewed titles published in English and indexed in MEDLINE or International Pharmaceutical Abstracts (IPA) with a focus on pharmacy and / or pharmaceutical sciences. …

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