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What’s the Big Deal, Anyway?: A Community Conversation about Access to Journals and Other Scholarly Knowledge

Guide to accompany luncheon talks hosted by the Middlebury Library, March-June 2020

Conversation 1: March 10, 2020

Date: March 10, 2020
Time: 12:15pm-1:30pm
Location: CTLR, Davis Family Library

Our first conversations will examine the impact of “big deal” spending commitments on the Middlebury Library’s materials budget, outline some of the benefits and drawbacks of these commitments, describe alternatives to “big deal” agreements, and lay the groundwork for discussions about the long-term implications of these types of commitments for Middlebury, and about how best to provide scholarly journals to support Middlebury teaching and research.

Conversation 2, April 2020

Date: April 2020 (TBD)
Time: TBD
Location: Online

We are currently working with SPARC (the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition) on an online webinar/conversation with Roger Schoenfeld, Director, Libraries, Scholarly Communication, and Museums Program, Ithaka S+R.

Stay tuned for details!

Conversation 3, May 2020

Date: May 2020 (TBD)
Time: TBD
Location: Online

Conversation 3 will again be an online webinar looking at how other organizations have approached the issue of "big deal" packages.  We are hoping to have representatives from the University of California system (which recently ended their long-time big deal packages with publishers) and a representative from an Oberlin Group school.


Stay tuned for details!

Conversation 4, June 2020

Date: June, 2020
Time: TBD
Location: Middlebury College campus TBD

Our last conversation will again be in person, as we look ahead to the future of how Middlebury should best provide access to the resources our students and faculty need.