ATG Article of the Week: The Beginning of the End for the ‘Big Deal’?

by | Mar 30, 2019 | 0 comments

The Beginning of the End for the ‘Big Deal’? maintains that Inspired by University of California’s decision to drop its “big deal” with Elsevier, university librarians are laying the foundation to follow suit.



It goes on to note that librarians concerned “about the rising cost of their big deals with major publishers” are feeling empowered by UC’s decision to cancel. Libraries at the University of Virginia, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the University of Minnesota, Duke University and Iowa State University have recently published statements in support of the UC system’s decision, praising UC “for fighting for a financially sustainable scholarly publishing model.”

However, the article also quotes Lauren Pressley, president of the Association of College and Research Libraries that although the UC system news has caused a number of libraries to have conversations about the value of big deal “it may be some time before the impact of these conversations is known.”

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