The UA Little Rock Ottenheimer Library has expanded access to online journals via ScienceDirect while lowering the university’s annual costs by 13% via a new UA system-wide agreement.
The agreement negotiated between academic publisher Elsevier and the UA System for the Freedom Collection has increased the university’s online access to ScienceDirect from 815 titles to nearly all of Elsevier’s 2,650 published journals.
The four-year contract will benefit researchers at the University of Arkansas Fayetteville, the University of Arkansas at Fort Smith, the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, the University of Arkansas at Monticello and the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences.
“This contract increases access to important academic publications that are needed by our system faculty and students,” said Angie Ohler, associate dean for content and digital initiatives at the UA Libraries. Ohler served as the primary negotiator on behalf of the UA system libraries. Others who assisted with the agreement include Dan Boice (Monticello), Nancy Clark (UAMS), J.B. Hill (Little Rock), Maureen James-Barnes (Little Rock), Deb Kulczak (Fayetteville), Anne Liebst (Fort Smith), Lisa Smith (UAMS) and Mandi Smith (Fayetteville).
ScienceDirect titles are available directly via the library website, and articles are linked from the other subject-specific library databases.