Please join representatives from the University Libraries for a conversation about the cost of scholarly information and the implications for the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
- Tuesday, January 21, 2020 – 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. in 214 Davis Library
- Tuesday, February 11, 2020 – 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. in 215 Health Sciences Library
- Wednesday, February 19, 2020 – 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. in 214 Davis Library
- Thursday February 20, 2020 – 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. in 215 Health Sciences Library
In February 2019, the University of California cancelled its contract with Elsevier due to unacceptable license terms and subscription costs. Elsevier is the world’s largest publisher of scholarly journals. The terms by which it sells content to universities have become unsustainable for most institutions, including Carolina, which is currently in negotiation with Elsevier.
This conversation will provide an opportunity for library administrators to share information about the costs of scholarly information at UNC-Chapel Hill and to hear from members of the Carolina community about needs, questions and concerns.
Suggested background readings
- Update on Elsevier negotiations from University Librarian Elaine Westbrooks
- Sustainable Scholarship website
- The Real Cost of Knowledge (The Atlantic, March 4, 2019)
- Unsustainable Scholarship: How Private Companies Control Research in Higher Education (Daily Tar Heel, September 18, 2019)
- University Librarian Elaine Westbrooks is on a mission to open Carolina’s research to all (The Well, October 11, 2019)
- UNC Faculty Council Resolution 2019-8, “On Containing the Costs of Published Research”