Librarians

Academic librarians should have same access to professors that textbook reps do (opinion)

Publishers’ sales teams can freely visit professors on many campuses. Steven J. Bell asks, shouldn't academic librarians promoting alternatives have easy access to the faculty, too?

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.

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.

University of California cancels deal with Elsevier after months of negotiations

After months of negotiating over open-access fees and paywalls, the University of California System follows through on threat to cancel its journal subscription deal with Elsevier.

In switch to digital-first products, publishers are signing fewer textbook authors

Leading academic publishers are signing fewer textbook authors and instead channeling investments into digital courseware.

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.

Arizona State U library reorganization plan moves ahead

Arizona State, known for rejecting norms of traditional campuses, will invest more than $100 million in its library, seeking to serve the campus and a growing online student body.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology invites academe to collaborate on future of libraries

Massachusetts Institute of Technology issues an invitation to publishers, researchers and universities to collaborate on a vision for the future of libraries.

Q&A with author of book on how librarians can better serve higher education

New book explores how academic libraries can shape their services to better serve higher education -- and what librarians should do to make it happen.

Oberlin Group launches 'platinum' open-access publisher Lever Press

Dozens of liberal arts colleges come together to form Lever Press, a book publishing imprint that promises to be open access for both authors and readers.

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