May 26, 2022

New Issue Brief From Ithaka S+R: “Red Light, Green Light Aligning the Library to Support Licensing”

Here’s a new issue brief written by Roger Schonfeld, Director, Libraries and Scholarly Communication Program, at Ithaka S+R.


Red Light, Green Light: Aligning the Library to Support Licensing


Ithaka S+R

The Report Begins: 

2017-08-16_15-09-08There is widespread frustration within the academic library community with the seemingly uncontrollable price increases of e-resources, especially of licensed bundles of scholarly journals. The scholarly communications movement has vastly expanded academic and indeed public access to scholarly content. Yet prices for certain scholarly resources continue to outpace budget increases, and librarians do not feel in control of budgets and pricing. What if libraries found ways to bring together the whole library behind the objective of stabilizing or reducing what they pay?

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