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A Web Letter from the Office of the Provost - September 2020

By Mary Jane Chew

Focus on Faculty

University Library Committee to focus on sustainable scholarship

The University Library Committee (ULC) held its first meeting of the academic year on August 31. Composed of campus and faculty leaders, ULC is responsible for review and consultation on the performance of library services and allocation of resources. Major issues and opportunities will be communicated to Purdue faculty.

This year, as the cost of renewing subscription resources continues to outpace inflation rates, ULC will pay particular attention to making scholarship more sustainable at Purdue. At their meeting, ULC began this process by establishing goals of openness, transparency, and financial sustainability when negotiating with information resource vendors.

“As a land-grant university, our mission is to provide broad access to education and knowledge beyond the academy,” said Beth McNeil, dean of Purdue Libraries and School of Information Studies.“We believe that Purdue-authored scholarship should be more accessible to the public. Consequently, we plan to prioritize working with publishers who support open access and quality scholarship for all.”

A subset of ULC members will expand upon this preliminary work in the newly charged Sustainable Scholarship Committee this fall.

“The goal of this committee is to bring together a group of leaders who believe strongly in the importance of sustainable scholarship and its role in the future of cost-effective, world-class education and research at Purdue University,” said McNeil. “We will rely on ULC and the Sustainable Scholarship Committee to help us raise awareness and begin dialogues on this critical issue across campus.”

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