Faculty Senate supports library negotiation principles with unanimous vote

Oct 18, 2019 · Curtis Brundy

On October 15, the Iowa State University Faculty Senate unanimously passed a resolution that supports the University Library's Principles for Advancing Openness through Journal Negotiations.

The journal negotiation principles, adopted this summer, help the University Library advance openness and achieve financial sustainability and greater transparency. The principles and the support they have received will provide useful guidance to the library in its current and future negotiations, helping to inform journal publishers about what is most important at Iowa State.

The resolution's three main points are:

  • Prioritize openness through open access sources
  • Reject nondisclosure language in agreements with publishers
  • Pursue financially sustainable journal agreements

The University Library Advisory Committee, representing faculty, students, and staff, has also written a letter of endorsement for the principles. These actions demonstrate strong support for the library in managing journal costs and advancing open access.

For updates on journal negotiations and more, stay tuned for additional news posts on lib.iastate.edu. To learn more about the Oct.15 Faculty Senate Meeting, visit inside.iastate.edu/article/2019/10/17/faculty-senate