Libraries

Questions raised over the true burden of the 'big deal'

Cost is the No. 1 reason why colleges end their “big deals” with publishers, but not everyone thinks the agreements are really that expensive.

Doane U suspends library director over exhibit that included 1920s-era students in blackface

University library exhibit included photos of students from the 1920s in blackface. Now the library director is suspended -- and some of her faculty colleagues say Doane made the wrong call.

Librarians prepare to take a harder line with publishers

Inspired by University of California’s decision to drop its “big deal” with Elsevier, university librarians are laying the foundation to follow suit.

American Library Association criticized for response to racism complaint

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Association is accused of trying to silence an African American librarian who complained about hostile comments directed at her during the association’s midwinter meeting.

Elsevier journal editors resign, start rival open-access journal

Following in the footsteps of linguistics journal Lingua, the editorial board of the Elsevier-owned Journal of Informetrics has resigned and launched a rival journal that will be free for all to read.

Hopkins librarian forced to leave country quickly over H-1B visa woes

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British academic said she had to leave the country after Johns Hopkins declined to submit an application to renew her H-1B visa due to perceived likelihood of denial.

More institutions consider ending their 'big deals' with publishers

An increasing number of universities are ending, or threatening to end, bundled journal subscriptions with major publishers.

Faculty, students and alumni object to moving UT Austin's fine arts collection off-site

Moving thousands of scholarly treasures out of the fine arts library at UT Austin has faculty members riled. Should a maker space and other meeting areas replace the stacks?

Louisiana State takes disagreement with Elsevier to court

Louisiana State University takes Elsevier to court in an attempt to settle a disagreement with the publisher about its $1.64 million contract.

Study: Library directors moving ahead with plans to rethink libraries

Study finds library directors are moving forward with big reorganizations plans, but they also may be struggling to communicate those plans to administrators and faculty members.

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