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University Libraries is developing a new collections strategy in response to increasingly inflated journal and database subscription fees as well as forecasted university-wide funding adjustments.
GVSU is not alone in this situation. In the traditional publishing system, authors submit their work to journals for review; if it is accepted, the journal publishes the work at minimal—or no—cost to the author. Rarely are authors and editors compensated for this work. However, access to those same journals is then sold for thousands of dollars to institutions like GVSU. Content providers exploit the labor of researchers to cash in on systems of access and prestige, selling subscriptions to highly-regarded journals at prices that outpace inflation on any other consumer good, without regard for the impact paywalls have on the academic community.
This graph demonstrates the standard inflation for journal subscriptions over the past five years. This trend is similar across all subscribed resources; on average, these contracts carry an inflation rate of 5%.
This inflationary trend affects 90% of library resources, which are subscription based. With a flat library collections base budget for several years, the inflationary increases have led to higher expenditures for the library to provide the same level of coverage. In past years, we have been able to offset this increase by using other areas of the budget. In light of the growing size of the deficit, and the campus budget cuts, this is no longer a sustainable approach.
Other institutions are grappling with these same issues, and many have already canceled large subscriptions, including the University of California, University of North Carolina, and State University of New York systems. The Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC) is an advocacy organization tracking dozens of similar Big Deal cancellations as other universities disinvest from deals that no longer serve them.
In the face of these budget pressures, our mission remains unchanged: to collect, manage, disseminate, and preserve information to support the university curriculum and fuel the intellectual life of the university. We connect scholars and learners to resources.
Guided by Grand Valley’s values, we are seeking ways to fulfill this mission sustainably, so that we can be good stewards of our resources for many years to come.
While dealing with the reality of budget reductions, we ask how our decisions will ultimately benefit students. In this effort, we seek to:
We approach significant changes to the collection with the same principles which inform the library’s mission and values. Ideally, our resources will be more:
Open Access refers to:
By removing financial and legal barriers, Open Access enables teachers, scholars, and learners to find academic information and to use that information to make new discoveries, create new works, and advance human knowledge.
The concepts of Open Educational Resources, Open Data, Open Source Software, and Open Research Practices share this core idea that Open means "free to use + permission to modify, share, or reuse," and allows more people to benefit from more information than ever before.
You can learn more about University Libraries’ commitment to Open Access on the GVSU Libraries Scholarly Communication page. This includes information about the Open Access Publishing Support Fund, Open Access Week, Open Access Journal Quality Indications, and ScholarWorks, GVSU’s open access repository for sharing the scholarly and educational work of faculty, staff, and students.
University Libraries wants you to have what you need. If we don’t have it, we’ll do our best to find it or connect you with alternatives.
In many cases, it will still be possible to access past volumes and issues of an electronic journal we previously subscribed to through post-cancelation access rights. These depend on several factors, including licensing negotiations between the library and content provider. Converting textbooks from print to online has mixed results, depending on the publisher.
The vast majority of canceled titles will be available through Document Delivery. This service is free to GVSU affiliates and in most cases, delivers copy of your request to your email within a few days.
Physical materials may also be available through Document Delivery and MeLCat, which allow us to share resources with our community partners. You can contact your liaison librarian for help finding or accessing resources.
We want to hear from you if you have questions or concerns. You can email our Collections and Digital Scholarship team at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can email Cara Cadena, Head of Collections and Digital Scholarship, at email@example.com
You can also contact your liaison librarian with questions about the Collections Review: