University Librarian issues statement on UC System’s Termination of Elsevier Subscriptions

March 20, 2019

Elaine L. Westbrooks, Vice Provost for University Libraries and University Librarian, issued a statement on March 20 regarding the University of California (UC) system’s decision to cancel their $50 million subscription deal with publishing giant Elsevier.

“I support and applaud the UC system for taking this bold step to transform scholarly publishing,” Westbrooks says in her statement.

She outlines the problems with the current subscription model and the steps she is taking with other campus partners to help “reclaim control of scholarly information from publishers who profit by impeding access to it.”

Read Westbrooks’ full statement at