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VIVA Collections Committee

The Collections Committee investigates products, recommends licensing or renewal, and maintains vendor contacts for VIVA electronic databases and journals.

 

 

Sustainable Journal Pricing Task Force

Background

Traditionally, when negotiating pricing for journals, libraries start from the offers made by publishers and vendors and negotiate from that point.  This approach has led to an inequitable and unsustainable environment for journal costs, disproportionately impacting library material budgets.  This imbalance forces libraries to regularly cancel databases, smaller independent press subscriptions, and book budgets to make room for the escalating costs of journals, particularly those that are part of “Big Deals” with the largest publishers.  With escalating inflation, eventually there will be nothing left for libraries to cancel to sustain these subscriptions.  The goal of creating a new model is to radically shift the way collection development is approached.  In the envisioned approach, negotiations start with a model that is reflective of VIVA’s consortial values and sustainable for member library budgets.  This work is expected to build on the past assessment work of VIVA, including the Value Metric Project

Charge

In the context of escalating inflation and flat library budgets, design a sustainable journal-pricing model that is built on VIVA collection development priorities with a focus on VIVA’s mission and the core values of the VIVA member libraries.  Potential factors that may be considered include those that describe published content, such as impact, usage, Open Access support, digital rights management and resource sharing restrictions, and faculty authorship, as well as the qualities that describe libraries, such as FTE, Carnegie Classification, and program level.  Apply this model to existing VIVA subscriptions, including those for Wiley, ACS, and IOP, and analyze the model’s sustainability with an eye toward the possibility of incorporating the model into an RFP for journal content.  Special attention should be given to the shifting nature of the Open Access landscape and the Read/Publish models increasingly found in other areas of the world. 

Project Team Membership

 

Last Name

First Name

Institution

Email

Armstrong

Alison

Radford University

amarmstro@radford.edu

Blanton-Kent

Beth

University of Virginia

blanton@virginia.edu

Donovan

Georgie

College of William & Mary

gldonovan@wm.edu

Duncan

Cheri

James Madison University

duncancj@jmu.edu

Durrant

Summer

University of Mary Washington

sdurrant@umw.edu

Lener

Edward

Virginia Tech

lener@vt.edu

O'Gara

Genya

Virtual Library of Virginia

gogara@gmu.edu

Osterman

Anne

Virtual Library of Virginia

aelguind@gmu.edu

Remhof

Tamara

Germanna Community College

tremhof@germanna.edu

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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