E-JASL: The Electronic Journal of Academic and Special Librarianship


Date of this Version

Winter 2007

Document Type



Electronic Journal of Academic and Special Librarianship (Winter 2007) 8(3). Also available at http://southernlibrarianship.icaap.org/content/v08n03/boock_m01.html.


Copyright 2007, the author. Used by permission.



Oregon State University’s recent response to the crisis in scholarly communications recognizes that teaching faculty must be involved in communicating an appropriate response to their faculty colleagues. As authors, editors, and peer reviewers, direct faculty action can encourage publishers to lower costs and can enhance the availability of research. The author discusses the work of a faculty-led task force that communicates information about unsustainable journal costs to faculty peers and the actions that can be taken to counteract this trend. In particular, the author discusses the use of academic unit publication reviews to effectively communicate journal cost variations to faculty.