There is a related letter to the UC Community (password protected).May 16, 2011 Author: Ivy Anderson, Director of Collections, CDL In May 2009, CDL issued an Open Letter to Licensed Content Providers concerning the serious economic challenges facing the University of California and other statewide institutions of higher education. Since that time, CDL has worked proactively with the UC campuses to control costs in multi-year license renewals and in routine annual renewals with vendors. Significant savings and cost avoidances were achieved over the ensuing two years through tenacious and disciplined review and renegotiation of well over 100 systemwide agreements. In only a few cases was it necessary to cancel a small number of journal titles or forgo new content in order to reduce expenditures. As the 2011 calendar year approached, it became apparent that further expenditure reductions would be difficult to achieve unless the libraries began to scale back the amount of content that we license, due to the excellent cost control that CDL had previously obtained and the likelihood that the industry would begin to seek price increases after two years of pricing concessions and restraint. This forecast has been borne out in our 2011 negotiations. The information below outlines for the UC community the specific cutbacks that have been made in the UC Libraries’ licensed content portfolio in 2011 in order to calibrate our investments at more sustainable levels and sets forth the strategies and principles that have guided these decisions in response to the University’s serious and ongoing budget challenges. CDL and the UC Libraries welcome your feedback on these issues. The most recent news on UC's budget can be found here.
- Factors Guiding UC Libraries Cancellation Decisions
- Decisions Affecting Specific Resources