Archive for the ‘Challenges to Licensing’ Category

Cancellation of Informa Healthcare Journals as of January 1, 2011

Monday, January 31st, 2011

The Collection Development Officers at the ten UC campuses, the UC health and life science selectors (UCHLS) and CDL have decided to cancel the Informa Healthcare (IHC) systemwide license as of January 1, 2011. There were three important systemwide principles that were the basis for the IHC decision:  the reality of UC library budgets and a mandate to reduce consortial spending, the use of clear value metrics to inform decisions of fiscal responsibility, and the need for sustainable pricing in the scholarly publishing marketplace. Additional information is provided for the UC community and public on CDL’s Challenges to Licensing web page.

CDL is working with IHC to ensure continued access on the Informa platform of holdings through 2010, and SCP will update catalog records to reflect the new ending date. Access to CRC Press journals will continue through 2012 due to a prior agreement. CDC will work with UCHLS during 2011 to monitor the impact of the IHC cancellation in the UC community. If you have any questions or comments please contact Janet Carter, Collection Coordinator for the Biomedical Library.

<Originally posted to CDLINFO News by Wendy Parfrey on January 31, 2011>

Possible Boycott of Nature Publishing Group Journals: an Open Letter from Gary Strong, University Librarian, to UCLA Faculty

Tuesday, June 8th, 2010

Dear Members of the UCLA Faculty,

Please see the attached document regarding a possible boycott of Nature Publishing Group journals by UC faculty. We urge you to read this important update, which has been jointly prepared by the University Libraries and the University Committee on Library and Scholarly Communication. Please contact me directly with your comments and concerns.

Gary E. Strong
UCLA University Librarian