A purposefully provocative piece on Elsevier saving libraries money through Big Deals was recently published in the Scholarly Kitchen blog. Esposito (2018) argues that libraries should continue to negotiate pricing, but must realise the cost savings from purchasing from large publishers like Elsevier. The author describes the relationship between libraries and Elsevier as a “win-win”. It is also worth reading the lively debate in the 50+ comments from readers responding to the author’s post and to each other.
What do you think?