May 27, 2022

Journals: University of Virginia Library Launches “No Big Deal”

From a Blog Post by Brandon Butler/The Taper:

Today we are launching No Big Deal?, a new feature of UVA Library News that will track the latest events and scholarship about the biggest vendors serving research libraries like ours. Tracking, shaping, and responding to this landscape has always been part of what the Library does, and we would like to share some of what we are seeing, doing, and thinking with you, the faculty, students, and researchers who use our collections.


As the Library considers whether and how to change the way it invests in resources like Big Deals, we will share what we are learning from our own analyses. We have already published an initial set of budget disclosures that show what we are spending on our biggest journal packages, and how often (or how rarely…) some titles in these packages are actually used by our faculty. We have an even richer set of bibliometric data from the last 10 years or so that tells us not only which articles were read at UVA, but also which were cited, and where our faculty publish. All of this can help us get a clearer picture of the value of our biggest deals.

Learn More, Read the Complete Introductory Blog Post

Direct to No Big Deal

About Gary Price

Gary Price ( 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, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.