May 16, 2022

University of Washington: “UW Faculty Senate Votes to Support the UW Libraries’ Principles in Licensing Scholarly Resources”

From the University of Washington Libraries:

“The primary mission of the University of Washington is the preservation, advancement, and dissemination of knowledge.” – University of Washington Mission Statement

In support of the mission of the University of Washington, the UW Libraries states as a strategic goal to Advance Research for the Public Good and that UW research attains its greatest impact on our most pressing global challenges when we advocate for open, public and emerging forms of scholarship. (UW Libraries 2018-2023 Strategic Plan)

The scholarly publishing model based on paywalls and rationing of access, inequitable opportunities for publishing, and excessive pricing and annual price increases is not sustainable. It is not sustainable for library budgets, it is not sustainable for authors trying to publish, and it is not sustainable for the health of the scholarly ecosystem where the open sharing of knowledge is critical to progress and innovation. The UW Libraries is committed to working with publishers and vendors who share the goal of moving to a sustainable publishing model built on openness and equity.

On April 14, the UW Faculty Senate voted to approve a Class C Resolution expressing its support for UW Libraries’ Principles in Licensing Scholarly Resources and the use of these principles in negotiations with publishers and vendors of scholarly resources and empowering the UW Libraries to discontinue negotiations that conflict with these principles. The legislation, sponsored by the Faculty Council on University Libraries endorses the Libraries’ Principles and voices support for the three core values of Sustainability, Access and Equity, and Support of Scholarship and Teaching.

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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.