The rising cost of scholarly resources has been a challenge in higher education for many years. In the past L&IT has engaged with specific departments to make data-informed decisions on the reallocation of resources, and renegotiated our contracts with vendors and publishers. Bucknell will likely be faced with online subscription fee increases of more than 25%, over the next 5 years without continued action. This is not sustainable. Simultaneously, we see openings of new possibilities of access and more open methods of scholarly communication that are worth pursuing.
In consultation with Kevin Gilmore, chair of the Committee on Library and Information Resources (CLIR), and Associate Professor, Civil & Environmental Engineering I formed the Collection Development Sustainability Taskforce to address this issue. These challenges are not unique to Bucknell, and we will be working and learning from other colleges and universities who have already taken concrete steps to address them. We will also be engaging with Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC) in this endeavor.
We will work alongside CLIR and other faculty groups as we make decisions moving forward. One of our guiding principles is: We will do this with faculty. The charge of the Taskforce is to make access to the information resources needed for teaching and research affordable, and sustainable.
James Van Fleet: Science and Engineering Librarian, Task Force Co-chair
Eloise Stevens: Arts and Humanities Librarian, Task Force Co-chair
Abby Brown: Project Manager: Library and Information Technology
Kevin Gilmore: Associate Professor of Civil & Environmental Engineering
Katherine Furlong: Executive Director, Research Services and Digital Scholarship
Dan Heuer: Head of Discovery and Access Services
Toni Baylets-Holsinger: L&IT Procurement & Asset Analyst
Param Bedi: Vice President, Library & Information Technology