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.”
Tom is originally from Brooklyn N.Y but has spent his entire professional career in South Carolina, most recently as Head of Reference Services at the College of Charleston. As part of the Against the Grain and Charleston Conference team, he serves as the associate editor of the print ATG as well as the co-editor of the webpage. Tom’s conference duties include coordinating the Penthouse Suite interviews as well as the conference poster sessions.
He received his MLS from the University of Buffalo, SUNY and a second master’s in public administration from the College of Charleston and the Univ. of South Carolina. His wife Carol and he live in downtown Charleston and she is an artist and a tour guide offering historic walking tours of the city.