A Message from the Dean of Libraries

Dear Campus Community: 

On April 1, 2020, the contract between the SUNY Libraries Consortium (SLC) and Elsevier over the ScienceDirect journal collection expired. This date did not sneak up on us. We have spent over a year negotiating with Elsevier, and I have regularly briefed faculty on these discussions.

I understand the status of this relationship has been a concern for many across campus. That’s why I am pleased to report that the SLC and Elsevier have reached a three-year agreement to provide SUNY-wide access to approximately 250 of the most heavily used Elsevier journals. You can find this list of core titles attached below. 

Additionally, we will have archival access to all previously subscribed titles through December 31, 2019. For current articles from non-core titles—those published in 2020 and beyond—we will use Interlibrary Loan or document delivery to secure them for patrons. 

The University Libraries also established a taskforce to identify resources to supplement the core titles provided through this agreement. They created a Libguide with detailed information on how to access materials necessary for your scholarship and instruction. You can find it by following the link here. 

I’d like to thank you all for your patience as we worked through this complex negotiation. We acted with the best interest of our campuses in mind, and I am happy to have reached a resolution. If you have questions, please contact us. Our team is happy to provide information and assistance. 

Wishing you health and safety, 

Rebecca L. Mugridge 

Dean of University Libraries

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