SPARC has started a list of big-deal cancellations. https://sparcopen.org/ou…

“SPARC has started a list of big-deal cancellations. 

Big Deal Cancellation Tracking

It’s a great idea. If the list doesn’t include any big-deal cancellations at your institution, let SPARC know. See the update buttons at the bottom of the page. 

At launch time the list didn’t include Harvard’s 2003 cancellation of the Elsevier big deal, and I just sent SPARC some relevant links. As long as I’m doing that, I thought I’d blog them here as well. After the official announcement by Sidney Verba, I list the pieces in chronological order:

“A Letter from Sidney Verba,” (then Harvard’s University Librarian), Harvard University Library, December 9, 2003.

http://web.archive.org/web/20040217152422/hul.harvard.edu/letter040101.html

“Harvard is Pursuing its Own Elsevier Deal,” Library Journal, October 21, 2003.

http://lj.libraryjournal.com/2003/10/ljarchives/harvard-is-pursuing-its-own-elsevier-deal/

Jeffrey C. Aguero, “Libraries to Cut Academic Journals,” Harvard Crimson, November 23, 2003.

http://www.thecrimson.com/article/2003/11/24/libraries-to-cut-academic-journals-citing/

“Libraries take a stand: Journals present rising costs to libraries – and to scholarship,” Harvard Gazette, February 5, 2004. 

https://news.harvard.edu/gazette/story/2004/02/libraries-take-a-stand/ …”