TTUHSC Joins Texas Universities to Negotiate Their Future

New Coalition Seeks Lower Costs and Greater Access to Research

TTUHSC Permian Basin Library

Earlier this month, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center (TTUHSC) joined forces with twenty-six other universities across Texas as the Texas Library Coalition for United Action (TLCUA) to think creatively about access to faculty publications and the sustainability of journal subscriptions. TLCUA has organized to identify the best way to change current models and the relationships between academic institutions and publishers. The goals of the Coalition are ambitious – improved access to scholarship, greater control over faculty content, and pricing models that are sustainable for strained library budgets in higher education.

The sustainability of providing scholarly research at ever-increasing costs is putting TTUHSC’s academic libraries – along with libraries across the state – in difficult positions as they work to offer access to scholars on their campuses.

Technology has provided greater opportunities for wider availability of resources, and the Coalition wants those opportunities to be reflected in agreements that will benefit all academic libraries whether public or private, urban or rural.

TTUHSC Permian Basin library

The Coalition has begun its mission by entering into dialog with academic publisher Elsevier. They hope that through positive engagement and mutual understanding, an improved and sustainable model for the dissemination of scholarship can be achieved.

Elsevier is the world’s largest publisher of scholarly work, with 70 offices in 24 countries. It publishes 2,500 journals, including The Lancet and Cell, covering topics in medicine, biology, psychology, business and more. Elsevier has been involved in a number of negotiations with US universities recently, including the University of California system, California State University, Carnegie Mellon University, Louisiana State University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Washington University in St. Louis.

The Coalition institutions collectively have more than 397,000 students and 25,000 faculty. Their Elsevier subscriptions represent a significant investment estimated at over $20 million. By these and other measures, the Coalition represents one of the largest and most diverse U.S. collective negotiation consortia of its kind.

 

The current members of the Texas Library Coalition for Collective Action are:

• Angelo State University
• Baylor University
• Lamar University
• Prairie View A&M University
• Rice University
• Sam Houston State University
• Stephen F. Austin University
• Sul Ross State University
• Tarleton State University
• Texas A&M International University
• Texas A&M University (College Station)
• Texas A&M University-Central Texas
• Texas A&M University-Commerce
• Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi
• Texas A&M University-Kingsville
• Texas A&M University-San Antonio
• Texas A&M University-Texarkana
• Texas State University
• Texas Tech University (Lubbock)
• Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso
• Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center Lubbock
• University of Dallas
• University of Houston
• University of Houston Clear Lake
• University of Houston Downtown
• The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
• West Texas A&M University

 

Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center

TTUHSC

Beginning in 1969 as the Texas Tech University School of Medicine, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center (TTUHSC) is now a five-school university with campuses in Abilene, Amarillo, Dallas/Fort Worth, Lubbock, Midland and Odessa.

TTUHSC offers students the opportunity to expand knowledge in programs that are on the forefront of health care education. Our programs and facilities give students the opportunity for hands-on research and clinical experience, and various collaborations with community entities provide students the practical knowledge that is vital to their success.

Almost 50 years since opening, TTUHSC has now trained more than 20,000 health care professionals, and meets the health care needs of more than 2.5 million people in the 108 counties including those in the Texas Panhandle and eastern New Mexico.

Through research, education and patient care, TTUHSC aims to promote a greater health environment for West Texas and beyond. We strive to decrease health disparities for rural populations and improve the health of the community through collaborations with area hospitals and health centers.

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