Florida State cancels big deal

Florida State University has announced it’s canceling it’s “big deal” journals package with Elsevier. The dean of university libraries, Julia Zimmerman, released a statement about the cancellation. Instead of the big deal, FSU will subscribe to a sub-set of journals that are most-needed. The Faculty Senate voted unanimously to approve the planned cancellation.

Florida State is the most recent university to announce a decision like this. SPARC (Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition) maintains a list of institutions that have cancelled their big deals.

Brown bag for May

For our May scholarly communication brown bag event, we’re going to be showing one of the keynote addresses from Electronic Resources & Libraries – Antisocial Media: How Facebook Disconnects People and Undermines Democracy by Siva Vaidhyanathan.

When: Tuesday, May 8th at 12:00pm
Where: PCL 1.124

You can get a sense of the talk from the accompanying Twitter thread. The talk is about 50 minutes, so there won’t really be time for discussion on the 8th. We are planning another brown bag discussion in mid-June where we’ll have an opportunity to talk more about these issues. Stay tuned for more information about that.

French Universities say goodbye to Springer

It looks like a national consortium of French academic institutions, Couperin.org, has decided to cancel their subscriptions to Springer Journals. They had been in negotiations with Springer for over a year, but were unable to come to an agreement on price. Couperin.org was advocating for a subscription price reduction due to the volume of APCs being paid by French authors. Springer had put forward a price increase. Access was supposed to be cut off on April 1st, but Springer has decided to keep access on while they continue to move discussions forward. You may remember that a similar event happened with German universities and Elsevier.

An English translation of the announcement is here (you may have to click on the UK flag). You can also find information about this through a short news item from The Scientist.