Understanding Library Subscriptions and their Impact on the Collections Budget 

Demystifying Library Resources & Expenditures: A Faculty Discussion Series

The acquisition of library resources for scholarship and teaching known as “collection development,” is a complicated process that strikes a balance between access and ownership. Factors, such as price, budget, availability, and licensing, increasingly impact the libraries’ abilities to provide the most relevant and useful set of resources for our campus community. We seek creative solutions, focus on broad and deep access to information and resources, as well as open scholarship.

Join us for a series of discussions about key library collection issues that impact research and study at Vanderbilt. Please register below for the date that works best for you, and see the list of standalone sessions and registration links for the entire series. We look forward to your participation and input. Sessions open to the Vanderbilt Community only. For questions or more information, please contact Julie Loder.


Session 1: Understanding Library Subscriptions and their Impact on the Collections Budget 

Vanderbilt University Libraries constantly monitors developments related to scholarly publishing across the globe to manage the collections budget and to ensure a broad array of relevant resources for faculty and students. Annual journal price increases are consistently higher than library budget increases. This forces many institutions to cut subscriptions, favor open access initiatives, and even cancel the “big deal” subscription agreements with major journal publishers. Join us to learn more about the libraries’ subscriptions and licenses and share your ideas and priorities regarding future solutions for Vanderbilt. Two sessions are available:

Tuesday, January 19, 2021| Noon – 1 PM CST    REGISTER


Friday, January 22, 2021| Noon – 1 PM CST   REGISTER


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