[aserl_coll_assess] FW: Elsevier news release from ECU
From: John Burger (jburgeraserl.org)
Date: Wed, 3 Feb 2021 05:35:05 -0800 (PST)
Good morning, ASERL Friends –

I am sharing some big news from our colleagues at East Carolina – see 
below/attached.  Our congrats to them on this new agreement!

I am told questions can be directed to Joseph Thomas -- thomasw [at] 
ecu.edu<mailto:thomasw [at] ecu.edu>.

Have a good day.  😊


John Burger, Executive Director
Association of Southeastern Research Libraries (ASERL)
c/o Robert W. Woodruff Library
540 Asbury Circle, Suite 316
Atlanta, GA  30322

404-218-4207 -- cellular

From: ASERL-Deans <aserl-deans-bounces+jburger=aserl.org [at] aserl-lists.org> 
On Behalf Of Lewis, Jan
Sent: Wednesday, February 3, 2021 8:26 AM
To: John Burger <jburger [at] aserl.org>
Cc: aserl-deans [at] aserl-lists.org
Subject: [aserl-deans] Elsevier news release from ECU

Good morning esteemed colleagues,

I am happy to share our news release with you announcing our new Elsevier 
subscription agreement. We reduced our journal spend by 75% and negotiated 
changes to Elsevier’s proffered agreement to align it with ECU’s values for 
sustainable scholarship. These included removing Elsevier’s standard 
confidentiality clause, adding accessibility language and privacy protections 
for users, clarifying post-termination access, and reducing Elsevier’s proposed 
annual price increases. Elsevier agreed to all the changes we requested (well, 
other than the overall price!!). The four-year agreement can be terminated 
early if sufficient funds are not allocated to enable ECU, in the exercise of 
its reasonable administrative discretion, to continue the contract.

Thanks to everyone who has shared information about their process and 
experience with Elsevier and other big deal publishers, and also those who have 
shared their negotiating values and sustainable scholarship priorities. Our new 
sustainable publishing page is at https://sustainablescholarship.ecu.edu/. I 
look forward to sharing our post-Big Deal experience and continuing to learn 
from you.

Take good care,

Jan Lewis
Director, Academic Library Services
Mailstop 516
East Carolina University
Greenville, NC 27858-4353
email: lewisja [at] ecu.edu<mailto:lewisja [at] ecu.edu>
phone: 252.328.2267 (w); 252.375.0479 (m)

“When you see something that is not right, not fair, not just, you have to 
speak up. You have to say something; you have to do something.” John Lewis

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