Purdue University Libraries Provides Update on Negotiations With Elsevier, Will Move to a Title-by-Title Contract for 2021
UPDATED POST November 25, 2020 Libraries Reaffirms Commitment to Resource Access
In October 2020, we announced that Purdue University and its regional campuses had entered into contract negotiations with major for-profit academic publisher, Elsevier. Today, we write to you with an update on these negotiations and next steps.
Our negotiation team met with Elsevier again this fall. After multiple rounds of proposal reviews that failed to address our needs, and much discussion and deliberation, we concluded that the only appropriate path forward was to commit to a one-year, title-by-title contract for 2021. This decision was informed by local usage data, as well as data from Unsub, a tool that identifies high value titles and projects future spending. The great news is that Unsub revealed a high rate of usage retention under the new title-by-title model. West Lafayette campus is projected to retain access to 90% of its usage, while Purdue Northwest and Fort Wayne are projected to retain 88% and 85% of their usage, respectively.
About Gary Price
Gary Price (firstname.lastname@example.org) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. He earned his MLIS degree from Wayne State University in Detroit. Price has won several awards including the SLA Innovations in Technology Award and Alumnus of the Year from the Wayne St. University Library and Information Science Program. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com. Gary is also the co-founder of infoDJ an innovation research consultancy supporting corporate product and business model teams with just-in-time fact and insight finding.