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Library dean: SJSU does not have the leverage to negotiate on its own, we need to negotiate as part of the CSU.

Question: if we cancel the contract, what are you going to spend the money on?

Library dean: There are soo many things we'd like to buy because we haven't had any increase in funding. More likely we'd end with a partial Elsevier contract, not full.

Library dean: Problem is that at this rate we're going to lose all of our other journals except Elsevier becaues that's all we can afford.

Professor: My students will just find another article if they hit a paywall.

Library dean: Exactly, there are alternatives. It's just a question if those alternatives are good.

Feedback from UC system: When people hit the new paywall, only ~1% actually put in a request with the library to get the article itself.

Clarification: Apparently even if we don't renew the contract, we don't lose the current access to journals that we don't have. We just don't get access to newly published articles.

Anthropology librarian: I'm torn, but because the costs keep going up, we have no room at all for new content. And if we keep negotiating with Elsevier, the situation will never get better. So I'm okay losing new access.

My comment: Yes. Students can always get the papers elsewhere, contact the authors, or honestly, practice civil disobedience and use Sci-Hub (audience laughs). I don't want my taxpayer and tuition money to go into such a corrupt industry.

Open question:

Would you feel comfortable with the CSU walking away, just like the UC did?

Missed the question.

Presenter said there are usage statistics of specific journals. Nature ones are very expensive, and library needs certain download counts to justify paying that money.

Floor is now open for audience priorities and thoughts.

CSU is currently in the third year of a 3-year contract, which ends Dec. 31, 2019.

CSU Negotiation Priorities:

1. Sustainable pricing
2. Open access for CSU faculty authored works
3. Authors' retain copyright (Creative Commons licenses!)
4. Text mining for research purposes
5. Agreement duration (elimination of multiple-year agreements)

SJSU Library had to cancel at least 12 title subscriptions so far, just to keep up with rising prices.

CSU faculty published 469 articles in 2018 in Elsevier journals.

Only 29 were published as open access.

Using Elsevier prices ($3k per article), it would have cost $1.4 million to make everything open access.

I can tell the presenter thinks this is ridiculous too, because they've started replacing "s"s with dollar signs.

Elsevier costs 10% of the entire library budget. That's ridiculous.

CSU is looking at a "Transformative Agreement".

Shift subscription money from reading model to publishing model. It would set a fixed cost for making papers open access.

It transitions our articles from behind paywalls to open access. But faculty still get work with reputable journals/publishers.

Sometimes authors approach CSU/library to ask if they can get funding to make their paper open access. But there's no money left in the budget for that. Answer is always "no."

Some institutions have "read-and-publish" deals with publishers. Basically, if a CSU publishes an article in that publisher's journal, then it will automatically become open access.

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