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Collection Development Sustainability Task Force


Throughout its existence, the Collection Development Sustainability Task Force has sought to prioritize transparency and bilateral communication with Bucknell faculty. Below are some of the most important resources we have used to share our motivations, process, and other aspects of our work. 

History and overview of projects

In Spring 2021, the Collection Development Sustainability Task Force was launched, to explore the most cost-effective and equitable means of providing access to published information resources, to investigate alternatives to traditional publisher licenses such as open access, and to ensure the necessary support for teaching and research at Bucknell in a sustainable way.

In Summer 2021, we started analyzing our Elsevier "Big Deal" on a granular level. We found that roughly half of the titles in our "Big Deal" had ten or fewer uses per year and that over 2/3rds of the deal had a cost per use of $100 or more. This insight, in addition to our understanding of greater trends in publishing and conversations with other libraries that have unbundled their "big deals" led us to believe that, with investment in library services, we could meet campus resource needs without giving so much money to for-profit academic publishers. 

In Fall 2021, we discussed our plans and new needs with Elsevier started implementing new technology (RAPID ILL- part tech part human) and human (search for a new ILL position) resources that will help us with this transition. We started meeting with faculty groups we met with initially in the spring (1 of those meetings scheduled for January 2022).

In 2022 we hope to stay in communication with faculty to deeply understand the impact of these changes and to identify any mistakes that may change our process in evaluating our big deals or at least our subscriptions to individual journals. 

In 2022 and beyond, we will be analyzing and possibly unbundling other "big deals" on campus as we continue to shift from "just in case" to "just in time" models of access.