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Elsevier Negotiations Update

Effective February 1, 2022  – changes to Elsevier journal access

Coalition negotiations with Elsevier concluded successfully in the Fall of 2021 with a new 3-year contract (see Background below for more information). The achievement of significant savings with our Elsevier contract (30%) does potentially change the way researchers will access some of these journals.

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Interlibrary Loan (ILL) is available for all remaining scholarly needs - log in or create your Rice account: https://rice.illiad.oclc.org/illiad/logon.html

If you have questions or need more information, please contact your subject librarian or Sandi Edwards.

Background

Elsevier Negotiations

Fondren Library was a founding member of the Texas Library Coalition for United Action (TLCUA), initiated in July 2019, to negotiate a new and totally re-envisioned contract with Elsevier.  TLCUA, comprised of 43 institutions, represented a combined annual Elsevier expenditure of over $25 million.  The coalition targeted Elsevier for concerted group action because they are the world’s largest publisher of scholarly content, and, with enormous profit margins, this single publisher consumes a very significant portion of library budgets (for Fondren Library the Elsevier spend for FY21 represented more than 1/4 of our entire periodicals budget). 

The ”Shared Title List” (STL) is the foundational piece of the new contract. Elsevier usage statistics (from 2016-2020) were collected from each participating institution. These data were then analyzed and used to create the STL, with the stated goal of achieving 80% of each institution’s usage. The next step was to give institutions the option of substituting other journals of greater interest or importance for a limited number of those on the STL (up to 3% of the total dollar value of the STL, or approximately $83,000). We made our substitution choices based on usage statistics.

Fondren Library implemented Article Galaxy Scholar (AGS) last Fall, primarily in preparation for the anticipated changes to the Elsevier contract. This platform provides users with rapid and uninterrupted access 24/7 to a curated list of journal titles to which we do not currently subscribe or for which we have incomplete holdings. Articles will be delivered in real-time via email, generally within minutes of the request. As with journal titles selected for the STL, the decision to activate a title in AGS was based on usage statistics. Additional journal titles may be added based on user requests (see request form here).

Usability testing on the AGS platform was conducted during the Fall 2021 semester before we went live, and further testing is planned for the Spring semester.  If you are interested in participating please contact the User Experience Office.

Goals of the coalition negotiations included:

  • New contract with Elsevier, representing reduced costs (immediate and ongoing), and a more open and sustainable scholarly publishing ecosystem
  • Balanced approach to faculty ownership of scholarly work

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A Reading and Book Launch with Tomás Q. Morín - Cherry Reading Series

A Reading and Book Launch with Tomás Q. Morín.
Presented by The Cherry Reading Series, Fondren Library and the Rice Department of English

Nov. 16 2021, 5:30 PM
Ray Courtyard, Student Center (rain loc. Rice Memorial Chapel)
This is a reading and book launch. With Special Guests Dave Lucas and Michael Coley

 

A Reading and Book Launch with Tomás Q. Morín.

Congratulations to the winners of the Fondren Library Undergraduate Creative Writing Awards!

The Larry McMurtry Prize in Fiction ($1000) is awarded to Neha Tallapragada for "Sunny Day". Contest judge Sabrina Orah Mark writes, "This strange and beautifully written story asks what it means to fight for your life.  What does it mean to protest?  What does it mean to desire?  What does it mean to be afraid?  At its edge is a dark humor that feels like a life raft.  At its center are metaphors that slip in and out of being as real as it gets."

 

The Max Apple Prize in Nonfiction ($1000) is awarded to Jenny Li-Wang for "Second Son". Contest judge Alex Marzano-Lesnevich writes, "Jenny Li-Wang's 'Second Son' is about identity, culture, and inheritance—and the circumnavigations of love. Characters say not quite what they mean; parents carry hidden stories; a daughter returns to the homeland of her family; and even 'baby goats run little planetary circles around their mother.' Caught in a swirl utterly her own and yet beyond her full understanding, our narrator knows she can’t yet tell what she will carry with her, what will someday remain. I loved how elliptically potent this essay was, gorgeous in both language and structure."

 

The Susan Wood Prize in Poetry ($1000) is awarded to Ana Paula Pinto Diaz for her poems, "Market", "Convocación y Renacimiento", "I Call It Waking", and "After the Eruption". Contest judge Sabrina Orah Mark writes, "These poems unearth a place that feels like a place before god, and seeds, and mouths.  They live in the space before waking, and hold language so tenderly at times the words feel like dust you can plant -- and with water and sunlight -- grow a whole new world."

 

Thank you to our judges; to the Rice University Department of English, in particular Amber Dermont, Lacy Johnson and Ian Schimmel; and to the nearly fifty students with entries in this year's contests. We are elevated by your contributions to creative writing in our community.

 

Judges' Bios

The Larry McMurtry Prize in Fiction and the The Susan Wood Prize in Poetry judged by Sabrina Orah Mark

Sabrina Orah Mark grew up in Brooklyn, New York. She earned a BA from Barnard College, Columbia University, an MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, and a PhD in English from the University of Georgia. She is the author of the book-length poetry collections The Babies (2004), winner of the Saturnalia Book Prize chosen by Jane Miller, and Tsim Tsum (2009), as well as the chapbook Walter B.’s Extraordinary Cousin Arrives for a Visit & Other Tales from Woodland Editions.  Her collection of stories, Wild Milk, was published by Dorothy in 2018.  Mark’s awards include a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, a Sustainable Arts Foundation Award, and a fellowship from the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Massachusetts. Her poetry and stories most recently appear in American Short Fiction, The Bennington Review,  Tin House (Open Bar), The Collagist, jubilat, The Believer, and have been anthologized in Best American Poetry 2007, Legitimate Dangers: American Poets of the New Century (2006), and My Mother She Killed Me, My Father He Ate Me: Forty New Fairy Tales (2010). She has taught at Agnes Scott College, University of Georgia, Rutgers University, University of Iowa, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, Goldwater Hospital and throughout the New York City and Iowa Public School System. She lives in Athens Georgia with her husband, Reginald McKnight, and their two sons. For The Paris Review she writes a monthly column on fairytales and motherhood entitled HAPPILY. 

Sabrina Orah Mark

 

The Max Apple Prize in Nonfiction judged by Alex Marzano-Lesnevich

Alex Marzano-Lesnevich is the author of THE FACT OF A BODY: A Murder and a Memoir, which received a Lambda Literary Award, the Chautauqua Prize, the Grand Prix des Lectrices ELLE, and the Prix France Inter-JDD, an award for one book of any genre in the world. Named one of the best books of the year by Entertainment Weekly, Audible.com, Bustle, Book Riot, The Times of LondonThe Guardian, and The Sydney Press Herald, it was an Indie Next Pick and a Junior Library Guild selection, long-listed for the Gordon Burn Prize, short-listed for the CWA Gold Dagger, a finalist for a New England Book Award and a Goodreads Choice Award, and has been translated into nine languages. The recipient of fellowships from The National Endowment for the Arts, MacDowell, Yaddo, and the Bread Loaf Writers Conference, as well as a Rona Jaffe Award, Marzano-Lesnevich has written for The New York Times, The New York Times Sunday Magazine, The Boston Globe, Oxford American, Harpers, and many other publications. They earned their BA at Columbia University, their JD at Harvard Law School, and their MFA at Emerson College. They are now an assistant professor at Bowdoin College and live in Portland, Maine, with an enormous puppy.

Alex Marzano-Lesnevich

Photo by Greta Rybus

New Rice Faculty Open Access Book Released with Library Support

A new book co-edited by Rice anthropology professor Cymene Howe has been published Open Access (OA) with support from Fondren Library.

Anthropocene Unseen: A Lexicon, co-edited by Associate Professor of Anthropology Cymene Howe and Anand Pandian of Johns Hopkins University, was released this month from punctum books. The volume brings together writings and art on 86 keywords with special relevance for the Anthropocene, our present era when humans have an evident and increasingly damaging effect upon the planet.

Thanks to subvention funding from Fondren Library, this book has been published under a Creative Commons license and is free to download in PDF format.

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Fondren Library continues to offer subventions for Rice faculty members to publish their new books in Open Access format. Through the TOME initiative, Fondren can partner with many university presses to release electronic OA versions of books simultaneously with the print versions, thereby widening access to Rice's scholarship. See guidelines for both our book and article subvention programs at https://libguides.rice.edu/AuthorFees.

 

In 2019, these three Rice faculty-authored OA titles were also funded by Fondren Library and published by Duke University Press:

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