In 2015 a CSU-wide decision was made to withdraw system-wide funding for ProQuest’s Lexis-Nexis database. Lexis-Nexis Academic indexes business, legal and news sources, including newspapers, newswires, blogs, financial information, and legal information from federal, state, and municipal courts. The decision was taken both because of declining use of this database at many campuses; and also based on cost.
This single database constitutes about 12% of the Electronic Core Collection (ECC) costs funded by the Chancellor’s Office each year; but funding for ECC databases has not increased in over ten years, while database costs climb 3-8% each year.
As a result, campuses were informed that they would need to provide their own funding in order to continue access to the database.
Kennedy Library faculty and staff met with our colleagues across campus last fall to discuss the potential loss of Lexis-Nexis to our faculty and students. In short, we heard you. We learned just how much students and faculty, primarily in the Orfalea College of Business and the College of Liberal Arts, depend on the vast array of business, news, and legal content provided by this database.
Fortunately, based on the results of a mid-year budget review, we are happy to say that we will be able to re-direct funds and absorb the costs for Lexis-Nexis for the 2016-17 academic year.