News And Announcements 12/2/11

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Here are a couple of early morning items from Research Libraries U.K regarding a “big deal” with Elsevier and Wiley as well as news from Project MUSE.

British Library Group Sticks With Elsevier and Wiley-Blackwell

“A major British library group announced today that it has struck new deals with Elsevier and Wiley-Blackwell, two of the largest publishers of academic journals. The group, Research Libraries U.K., had threatened to discontinue so-called Big Deal subscription arrangements with the two publishers because of what it called unsustainable price increases. U.S. libraries have also been re-examining whether Big Deals are really worth what they cost…  The new deal was negotiated on behalf of the group’s 30 member libraries by JISC Collections, an organization that helps provide digital resources for British education and research.”

Project MUSE News: New Platform Launching January 1, 2012

“Project MUSE’s new books + journals combined platform is on schedule to go live on January 1, 2012. Redesigned to coincide with the addition of books to the existing journals content, the new platform is available for preview … at http://beta.muse.jhu.edu.”  Project MUSE reports that “over 14,000 books from 66 university presses and related scholarly publishers will be available alongside MUSE’s over 500 electronic journals.”

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