RLUK and other library and HE organisations have called on Wiley to reinstate permanently over 1350 ebooks it has recently cut from the Academic Complete platform.
We encourage Wiley and other publishers to speak to consortia and to offer affordable and flexible models as outlined that will secure access to key content and ensure that key content remains at the heart of teaching. We join our Irish and American colleagues in urging Wiley and other publishers to engage with consortia and national organisations to involve institutions in decisions that have such a significant impact on our communities.
Caren Milloy, Director of Licensing at Jisc said “The changes brought about by Wiley to remove e-book titles at a critical time of the academic year provided little opportunity for library and teaching staff to make the necessary adjustments. While the reversal of this decision for a year is helpful in the short term, the practice of removing e-book titles with little or no notification remains an ongoing issue for subscribing institutions and their libraries in being able to provide sustainable, flexible, and affordable access to e-books and learning content. Going forward, we request that Wiley and all e-book publishers work directly with institutions and the sector on the initiatives proposed.”
The full statement can be read here.