January 19, 2022

Big Ten Libraries Address the Need for Sustainable Access to Scholarly Publications

From the Big Ten Academic Alliance:

The Big Ten Academic Alliance Libraries are working to leverage their collective buying power and to use their influence to offset traditional publisher price increases and to provide alternative paths to publication for scholarly authors.


Recently, the Big Ten Academic Alliance led a significant multi-consortium effort to push back on the publisher Taylor and Francis’ (T&F) policy change.  Organized by the Director of Library Initiatives Kim Armstrong, consortia representing libraries with over $60 million in annual spend with T&F worked together to oppose:

  • the creation of an opportunity to monetize content that previously had been included with subscriptions;
  • the breach of good faith under which our libraries had conducted business with T&F; and
  • the disservice to the user community who would find an annual loss of content problematic for their work.

As a result, T&F backed away from their proposal in North America, restoring what they call complimentary access to a fixed point in time.

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About Gary Price

Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.