Letter from the University Librarian

Dear Donors and Supporters  of the UCLA Library,

Over the course of UCLA’s 100 years, commitment as a public institution to serving the public has been a pillar of our education and research mission. In today’s information-driven world, that takes on particular urgency: never has so much information been at our fingertips, and never has so much quality research and scholarship been locked behind paywalls and inaccessible to the public that has, in many cases, funded it. That is why the UCLA Library, with the nine other UC Libraries, took the bold step of terminating academic journal subscriptions from publishing giant Elsevier.

Over the years, as Elsevier has gained control of more academic journals, we’ve seen subscription costs skyrocket, to more than $11 million last year. At the same time, the publisher has resisted efforts to make articles authored by UC faculty open to all. By taking this position, UC is leading the way in creating equitable access to information and wisely stewarding the donor and public funds entrusted to us.

That’s just one of the ways we’re working to create more equitable access to information. During this centennial year, the UCLA Library is taking our commitment to open access to the next level. OpenUCLA, one of the signature initiatives of UCLA’s centennial celebration, will make available more of the knowledge and scholarship produced at UCLA for our community and the world. Please read “UCLA Library Celebrates the Centennial: the OpenUCLA Initiative” on page 1 for more information about plans, activities, and how you can be involved.

As we celebrate 100 years of excellence and near the end of the Centennial Campaign for UCLA, I am grateful to the donors who have contributed to the UCLA Library. If you’d like to make a difference in the lives of every student at UCLA, I hope you will reach out to us to learn about opportunities for support. We have much to accomplish in UCLA’s next century, and, on behalf of the students, faculty, and scholars who rely on us, I thank you for your generosity and partnership.

 

Virginia Steel

Norman and Armena Powell University Librarian