Update on SUNY academic journal contract with Elsevier

Dear Colleagues,

Last month, the SUNY Library Consortium (SLC) reached an agreement with Elsevier, publisher of the ScienceDirect collection of academic journals. After a year and a half of negotiation, and extensive review of relevant data, the SLC decided not to continue the ScienceDirect “big deal.” Instead, the SLC negotiating team worked with Elsevier and SUNY librarians state-wide to develop a core list of approximately 250 titles selected on the basis of high usage and citation within SUNY overall.

Use this link to read the official announcement from SUNY Provost Tod A. Laursen, which explains in some detail the process and reasoning behind the decision.

I want to highlight two points about this agreement that are relevant to students, faculty and staff at SUNY New Paltz:


  1. This agreement will bring the College significant cost savings with minimal impact on instruction and research.
  2. The campus will still have access to these ScienceDirect titles through the Library Discovery Search, the ScienceDirect database, and via Library resource sharing (e.g. interlibrary loan). The Library is reviewing systems to ensure this access is seamless as possible.

Please contact your library subject liaison or Ask a Librarian if you have concerns or questions.

Best wishes for a safe and productive Spring

W. Mark Colvson
Dean, Sojourner Truth Library