Ending the Big Deal: Truth and Consequences

an ALCTS Program

Sunday, June 24, 2012 | 1:30-3:30 PM

Content area: Transforming: E-Books and Collections

The dire economic situation facing many libraries has forced librarians to consider cancelling their “Big Deal” journal packages. Although the merits of leaving a large publisher package can be debated, reductions in library funding have left some with no other choice. Please join us for a frank discussion with our panelists who will share their experiences in dismantling Big Deals and address concerns regarding publisher negotiations, the impact on document delivery, and reactions of their user communities.


  • T. Scott Plutchak, Director, Lister Hill Library of the Health Sciences, University of Alabama at Birmingham
  • David C. Fowler, Head, Licensing, Grants Administration, and Collection Analysis, University of Oregon,Knight Library
  • Jonathan Nabe, Collection Development Librarian / Sciences & Technology, Southern Illinois University Carbondale, Morris Library

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Sponsored by ALCTS Continuing Resources Section Acquisitions Committee.