23 October 2020

IFLA signs joint statement with IATUL on Publisher Pricing

IFLA, alongside the International Association of University Libraries, has signed onto the below statement, calling for publishers to recognise pressures on library funding, and reduce prices in 2021, in order to avoid a significant drop in the information available to students and researchers.

On behalf of the member institutions of both our associations, we are writing to the publishers and service providers of the publishing industry about the 2021 subscriptions and renewals of electronic resources and databases.  We want to make the industry aware that universities, schools, industries, and libraries worldwide are facing significant budget cuts for the next fiscal year as a result of the  COVID-19 pandemic, and that library subscription is an area that is being looked at for potential savings.  To assist libraries and institutions in this possible financial crisis, we request that you support them by reducing prices in 2021. We greatly appreciate such generous gestures already extended by many publishers and vendors, and honestly expect a similar approach from the rest.

Christine Mackenzie, FALIA

President International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA)

Charles Eckman

President International Association of University Libraries (IATUL)

Academic and Research Libraries, Access to knowledge, pricing, COVID-19

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