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03.05.2018  |  SSP News & Releases

Scholarly Kitchen Webinar Preview: The Future of the Big Deal: No Deal, or an Even Bigger Deal?

The Society for Scholarly Publishing (SSP) and The Scholarly Kitchen will offer a special webinar, “The Future of the Big Deal: No Deal, or an Even Bigger Deal? on Tuesday, March 13, from noon-1:00 PM EST.

Registration for the event is open with a discount available for SSP members.

The webinar will focus on “Big Deal” package purchasing and explore key questions about the future of this model within the journals marketplace. Moderated by David Crotty, Editorial Director, Journals Policy for Oxford University Press and Editor-in-Chief of The Scholarly Kitchen, the program will feature a diverse set of perspectives about where things are heading and what challenges are likely to arise.

Featured speakers include:

  • Rick Anderson, Associate Dean for Collections & Scholarly Communications, University of Utah Library
  • Jean P. Shipman, VP Global Library Relations, Global Strategic Networks, Elsevier
  • Liam Earney, Director of Jisc Collections

The webinar will be moderated by Roger C. Schonfeld, Director, Library and Scholarly Communication Program, Ithaka S+R.

David Crotty took the time to answer a few questions about the webinar:

Who is the intended audience for this webinar and why should they attend?

Librarians, publishers, policy makers, and anyone interested in changing business models for scholarly publishing.

Why do you think this topic is important and timely?

The “Big Deal” has become a dominant force in the marketplace, yet we are beginning to see a shift in how libraries want to purchase access to content, and increasing regulation from policy makers. This may signal major changes in the ways that authors, readers and libraries access journals.

Is there a particular topic you’re looking forward to seeing discussed?

I’m looking forward to learning more about the new deals that are being done between consortia of universities and publishers to combine subscriptions with open access article charges.

What do the selected speakers bring to the discussion?

Rick Anderson brings the view from the library, how they are coping with increasing budget crunches and what they need from future deals with publishers.

Liam Earney is the Collections Director for JISC, and has spent recent years negotiating new deals with publishers on behalf of UK institutions and will talk about how UK policy is driving change in the market and where they see new “Big Deal” approaches heading.

Jean Shipman handles Library Relations for Elsevier and will speak about how large publishers are working with libraries and consortia to try these new approaches.

What can attendees expect from the webinar?

We hope to present a clear sense of what is happening in the market. There’s a lot going on, and different libraries are headed in different directions. Some are rejecting the “Big Deal” and others are embracing and extending it. What are the major trends and what should libraries and publishers be considering in the future?

What do you hope attendees will take away from the webinar?

My hope is that attendees come out with some clear directions for their next steps. Librarians will hopefully learn more about what their colleagues are doing (and what the results have been), publishers will hopefully learn more about what libraries need and better tailor their offerings, and those involved in policy will get to hear from different stakeholders so they can improve their policies to be more effective.

With just a few days to go, click here to register now!

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