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Purdue University Finalizes Contract with Elsevier

Purdue University Finalizes Contract with Elsevier

May 3rd, 2021

West Lafayette, IN – After a monthslong negotiation process that included extensive input from faculty, staff, and students, Purdue University and its regional campuses have now finalized a one-year contract with academic publisher Elsevier. At a cost of $1.86 million, the new deal reduces Purdues total spend with Elsevier by close to $1.5 million. Purdue deemed the new title-by-title contract necessary after years of increased subscription fees.

Purdue Libraries and School of Information Studies has diligently worked to preserve access to a large number of Elsevier titles while promoting the importance of shifting the cultural needle away from ownership of academic scholarship towards a cost-effective, sustainable model of access. 

You can find the new list of subscribed titles online in the Libraries’ Sustainable Scholarship libguide, along with a guide to alternative access methods for obtaining articles no longer subscribed to by Purdue University. Transition to the new reduced title list will begin on May 11, 2021. All members of the Purdue University system may request articles via Interlibrary Loan at no charge to users. Additional access information for West Lafayette campus can be found here. 

In addition to the 578 subscribed journals, Purdue will continue to have access to past articles from several hundred other journals to which Purdue University has perpetual access rights. 

Dean of Libraries Beth McNeil worked closely with Elsevier during the negotiation process. She said of the adjustment to reduced Elsevier titles: My hope is that faculty, staff, and students across Purdues campuses will come to understand that though we are reducing subscriptions with Elsevier, we are increasing our ability to help you access the scholarly information you need, when you need it. With extensive input from faculty, we have developed alternative means to access journals that are not part of the core Elsevier contract.  Our goal has been to reduce the large and increasing cost of the contract, with the least possible impact on convenient access to journals.” 

The contract will be revisited for 2022 and adjustments to the subscribed title list may change. It is a one-year contract,” McNeil said. That means we have flexibility in the future to adapt and change to best fit the needs of our campuses. This year will tell us more about what titles are most in-demand by our faculty, staff, and students. Our ultimate goal is to make scholarship more sustainable at Purdue while maintaining access to the information resources that help our scholarly community thrive.” 

Purdue Research Team Among First Class of Fellows for Collaborative Archive Data Research Environment (CADRE)

July 18th, 2019

Editor’s Note: Content in this post is courtesy of Stephanie Hernandez McGavin via Shared BigData-Gateway

A team of Purdue University researchers is among the seven fellowship teams selected for the first class of the Collaborative Archive Data Research Environment (CADRE) Fellows.

These seven fellowship teams span across disciplines and offer compelling research that incorporates big data and bibliometrics. Each fellow team will access CADRE’s Web of Science (WoS) and Microsoft Academic Graph (MAG) datasets to achieve their research goals.

Purdue University members of the first class of CADRE Fellows, L to R: Michael Witt, Loran Carleton Parker, and Ann Bessenbacher

The three-member Purdue University team will work on the project, “Utilizing Data Citation for Aggregating, Contextualizing, and Engaging with Research Data in STEM Education Research.” The researchers are:

  • Michael Witt, associate professor of library science, Purdue Libraries and School of Information Studies, Purdue University,
  • Loran Carleton Parker, associate director and senior evaluation and research associate, Evaluation Learning Research Center (ELRC), College of Education, Purdue University, and
  • Ann Bessenbacher, research associate and data scientist (ELRC), STEMEd HUB, Purdue University.

Per the description of their project: “Researchers will characterize citation of data from the literature in the field of STEM education research. A sample of relevant publication venues in the field will be identified from WoS and MAG. Digital Object Identifiers (DOIs) of datasets registered with DataCite will be used to query and associate datasets with publications. The team will assess rates of citation for datasets that are cited using DataCite DOIs for each publication venue and analyze a sample of data citations and publications to determine suitability for providing an initial context to help a researcher who is unfamiliar with the data determine whether to use the dataset.”

The other six teams and their CADRE research projects are listed at

The Fellows will present their research at the International Society for Scientometrics and Informetrics (ISSI) 2019 Conference in Rome at either the workshop or tutorial that CADRE is hosting on Sept. 2.

Not only will these fellows show how CADRE helped advance their work, but they will also serve as integral use cases for how the CADRE platform is developed to suit the needs of every type of academic researcher.

Made Possible in Part by IMLS

The Shared BigData Gateway for Research Libraries (SBD-G) is a two-year Institute of Museum and Library Services-funded project to develop, seed, and maintain a cloud-based, extendable cyberinfrastructure for sharing large academic library data resources with a growing community of scholars.

SBD-G will achieve this through its platform, the Collaborative Archive & Data Research Environment (CADRE).

For more information, visit

Inform Purdue: Information Literacy and Librarians in Higher Ed

November 15th, 2017

On Tuesday (Nov. 14), Purdue University Libraries recognized the research contributions of Libraries faculty members during its annual “Celebrating Research” event. During the celebration, one of the presenters, Associate Professor and Information Literacy Specialist Clarence Maybee, talked about his new book, “IMPACT Learning: Librarians at the Forefront of Change in Higher Education,” which will be available in March 2018.

The book covers how librarians in academic libraries can help enable the success of college students “by creating or partnering with teaching and learning initiatives that support meaningful learning through engagement with information,” states the book’s description on the publisher’s website.

“Since the 1970s, the academic library community has been advocating and developing programming for information literacy. This book discusses existing models, extracting lessons from Purdue University Libraries’ partnership with other units to create a campus-wide course development program, Instruction Matters: Purdue Academic Course Transformation (IMPACT), which provides academic libraries with tools and strategies for working with faculty and departments to integrate information literacy into disciplinary courses,” the description continues.

At Purdue, Dr. Maybee is among the group of faculty members in the libraries and in other academic areas demonstrating the importance of information literacy not only for college students, but also for new graduates and mid-career and long-time professionals–indeed, for everyone.

To create awareness about this importance Maybee, Libraries Information Literacy Instructional Designer Rachel Fundator, with the help of Julia Smith, graduate assistant, and Teresa Koltzenburg, strategic communication director, implemented “Inform Purdue,” a social media campaign to “celebrate information literacy at Purdue. The campaign features interviews with Purdue students, alumni, and faculty in a series of videos and social media posts.

“Purdue Libraries’ approach to information literacy is to teach students to use information in the context of learning about something—much as they will do on the job, or to make personal decisions after graduation,” Maybee explained. “In the ‘Inform Purdue’ campaign, Purdue students, faculty, former faculty, and staff share their own ‘stories’ of teaching and learning about information literacy, and how it helps them to accomplish their educational and professional goals.”

The campaign concludes today with a final video featuring Dr. Maybee (see above).

You can catch more of the videos online at or via the Libraries’ news and announcements website at