To achieve our FY22 budget goal while preserving access to the university's most important, high-use educational resources, the University Libraries will "break up" and renegotiate the following eleven journal packages. By renegotiating these packages, the Libraries will continue to subscribe to individual journals that receive high use, are of reasonable cost, and that the departmental faculty tell us are most important for teaching, learning, and research.
For over 25 years, academic publishers have encouraged libraries to subscribe to "big deal" journal packages, which allow libraries to pay one price for a large number of journals. While these packages sound like a good deal, in fact they are similar to a cable TV contract where you pay a big bill each month to get a handful of channels you want, but a lot of channels you don't!
Fortunately, unlike a cable contract, the Libraries have the ability to subscribe to only the journals that are needed and used most by the University community. By carefully selecting which journals to renew, the Libraries will achieve our budget goal while preserving access to the University's most important resources. Also, some of the realized savings can potentially be reinvested in obtaining new resources that are a better match to the University's instructional and research needs.
Now that the library faculty have identified which "big deal" packages to unbundle and renegotiate, we are asking for each department's input on which journals to renew, and which can be discontinued. The following packages will be broken up and renegotiated for FY22. Beginning September 27th, the Library Liaisons will contact each of their departments to facilitate the review of these lists. Working with your Liaisons, each department will recommended changes to these lists, including identifying additional journals that should be prioritized for renewal or to discontinue. Liaisons will provide a spreadsheet to each department to submit their feedback. The preferred deadline for departmental feedback is October 29th. See the Feedback Instructions page for more information on the feedback process.
Below is 1) a link to each package that we suggest we unbundle and renegotiated, 2) the library faculty's list of recommended journals for renewal or to discontinue, and 3) links to a rubric and dossier prepared by the library faculty as part of their assessment of these resources. Departmental faculty are encouraged to work with your Library Liaisons to familiarize yourself with these resources as your department prepares recommendations using the form provided by your Liaisons.