With 50% Cut, Virginia Research Libraries Recalibrate Relationship with Elsevier – SPARC

“Equity, affordability, and accessibility were at the center of the recent decision by the Virginia Research Libraries (VRL) consortium to cut their spend with Elsevier nearly in half while maintaining access to their most frequently used materials.

The decision by six members of VRL (William & Mary, the University of Virginia, Virginia Tech, George Mason University, Old Dominion University, and James Madison University) was grounded in a values-driven negotiation process that relied on data to make the case to move away from Elsevier’s “Big Deal” Freedom Collection. The new one-year agreement with Elsevier for 2021 significantly reduced the overall spend for each campus and allowed for a collection tailored to include each institution’s most used materials….”

Virginia’s research libraries host virtual forum in advance of Elsevier negotiations | UVA Library News and Announcements

“Representatives from the University of Virginia, Virginia Tech, Virginia Commonwealth University, George Mason University, Old Dominion University, William and Mary, and James Madison University will soon be in contract negotiations with Elsevier, the largest science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) scholarly publisher. Working as a group, they will be discussing the unsustainable cost of accessing Elsevier’s academic journals and options to make their public universities’ research more accessible to the public that paid for it.

On Oct. 2 at 9:30 a.m., the group will host a Sustainable Scholarship Virtual Forum to share information about the group’s collective priorities concerning equity, accessibility, and costs of bundled scholarly journal packages. Forum moderator Brandon Butler, the University of Virginia Library’s Director of Information Policy, will also pose questions to the panel for discussion. Registration is open to all interested faculty, staff, students, and community members. Attendees can submit questions or discussion topics surrounding negotiation priorities and sustainable scholarship in advance, through the forum’s registration site. …”

Data Activist in Residence

“The School of Data Science (SDS) at the University of Virginia invites applications from activists, journalists and artists for the inaugural 2020-21 Data-Activist-in-Residence position. These residencies will support 12 months stay in Charlottesville, VA to work on a project that uses data science in support of the public interest and/or explores the social impact and ethics of data science and artificial intelligence. The intent is to highlight talents, disciplines and approaches often excluded or ignored by the field of data science. Example outcomes of the Residency could be a public exhibit, performance, popular press articles, a book, formation of new communities, or other work as proposed by the applicant. Our ultimate goal is an increased awareness of the role of data in society.

 

The Data Activist in Residence will complete a data-oriented project as proposed in their application. This project must be publicly available in keeping with the SDS goal of Open Access. The selected applicant is expected to be an active participant in the SDS community, attending lectures, visiting classes, engaging with students, faculty, staff and the local community….”

Data Activist in Residence

“The School of Data Science (SDS) at the University of Virginia invites applications from activists, journalists and artists for the inaugural 2020-21 Data-Activist-in-Residence position. These residencies will support 12 months stay in Charlottesville, VA to work on a project that uses data science in support of the public interest and/or explores the social impact and ethics of data science and artificial intelligence. The intent is to highlight talents, disciplines and approaches often excluded or ignored by the field of data science. Example outcomes of the Residency could be a public exhibit, performance, popular press articles, a book, formation of new communities, or other work as proposed by the applicant. Our ultimate goal is an increased awareness of the role of data in society.

 

The Data Activist in Residence will complete a data-oriented project as proposed in their application. This project must be publicly available in keeping with the SDS goal of Open Access. The selected applicant is expected to be an active participant in the SDS community, attending lectures, visiting classes, engaging with students, faculty, staff and the local community….”

A Big Deal Update » Open@VT

“This Open@VT blogpost is part of an ongoing series on Virginia Tech’s pending negotiations with the scholarly publishing giant Elsevier. Virginia Tech is one of seven research universities in the Commonwealth of Virginia that negotiates collectively with Elsevier and other large publishers to license access to thousands of scholarly journals through what are commonly called “big deals.” (The other schools are George Mason University, James Madison University, Old Dominion University, University of Virginia, Virginia Commonwealth University, and College of William and Mary.) The current big deal agreement with Elsevier is set to expire at the end of 2021. As this deadline approaches, we are eager to engage the VT community in a conversation about the best path forward….”

A Big Deal Update » Open@VT

“This Open@VT blogpost is part of an ongoing series on Virginia Tech’s pending negotiations with the scholarly publishing giant Elsevier. Virginia Tech is one of seven research universities in the Commonwealth of Virginia that negotiates collectively with Elsevier and other large publishers to license access to thousands of scholarly journals through what are commonly called “big deals.” (The other schools are George Mason University, James Madison University, Old Dominion University, University of Virginia, Virginia Commonwealth University, and College of William and Mary.) The current big deal agreement with Elsevier is set to expire at the end of 2021. As this deadline approaches, we are eager to engage the VT community in a conversation about the best path forward….”

George Mason University | Open Educational Resources & Scholarly Communication Lead

“George Mason University Libraries is seeking a dynamic, innovative, and service-oriented individual to join a team of educators and service providers supporting George Mason faculty, researchers, students, and staff with needs related to Open Educational Resources (OER), Copyright, Fair Use, Open Licensing, and other scholarly communication matters….”

Statement from Deans and Directors of Virginia Research Libraries on the University of California System’s Termination of Contract with Elsevier | UVA Library News and Announcements

As Deans and Directors of Virginia research libraries, our core mission and our highest priority is to ensure that our research communities have access to a rich, diverse, and sustainable collection of information resources. Recently, our colleagues in the University of California system took an important stand in defense of that mission by refusing to renew their $50 million “Big Deal” contract with Elsevier, the world’s most profitable vendor of information products. We write to express our gratitude and our support for them and the brave step they have taken, the latest in a global trend of libraries rethinking their biggest expenditures….”