Libraries Abandon Expensive 'Big Deal' Subscription Packages to Multiple Journals

Libraries Abandon Expensive 'Big Deal' Subscription Packages to Multiple Journals 1

Chris Mackler for The Chronicle

Jonathan Nabe is the collection-development librarian at Southern Illinois U. at Carbondale, which has given up package deals with three big publishers in the past few years. Fear prevents many libraries from making similar changes, he says.

In late 2008, the University of Oregon's library faced a financial double punch. The recession meant belt tightening across the university at a time when the rising cost of journal subscriptions had already put a strain on the library's budget. "We were faced with a two-pronged financial attack here," recalled David C. Fowler, the library's head of licensing, grants administration, and collection analysis.

Something had to give. That something, as it turned out, was Oregon's so-called