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Academic libraries have long had print journals to support the university’s discovery and research needs. However, academic libraries are challenged with needs for relevant content, cost control, and space availability, and some have downsized their print journal collections as a result. Many academic libraries are replacing or supplementing print journal subscriptions with online subscriptions and open access journals. Pittsburg State University’s (PSU) Axe Library faces the challenge of providing access to print and online journals in order to support the university’s needs and stay on budget. To that end, PSU began rightsizing its print journal collection in 2016. In 2017, it also began examining open access journals due to high usage statistics for open access journals not in the library’s journal portal, as well as duplication and bad urls in databases. Come learn about how to use data to drive decision making to rightsize open access journals with the goal being a relevant serials collection and services to enhance discovery and research.