CARL Webinar: Communicating about Big Deal Cancellations

When: Wednesday, June 3, 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. ET
Please note that this event is open to all (not just CARL institutions).

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Academic libraries around the world are cancelling big deal journal subscriptions at an increasing rate. Some libraries have been the target of angry backlash from faculty after such cancellations. This webinar will discuss the results of a study to determine effective strategies for communicating to the campus community about big deal cancellations so that faculty will better understand and support the library in making these difficult decisions. We will also discuss how we recently implemented these findings during our own big deal cancellations at the University of Saskatchewan, and we will provide an opportunity for further discussion and sharing of ideas. This research received funding from CARL in 2017 as part of the Practicing Librarian Category of CARL’s Research in Librarianship granting program.

Presenter Bios:

DeDe Dawson, University of Saskatchewan

Diane (DeDe) Dawson is Science and Scholarly Communication Librarian at the University of Saskatchewan. In addition to her MLIS degree, she holds a BSc in Biology and an MSc in Earth Sciences. Driven by her education and research background in the sciences, she has a strong interest in the ways scientists communicate the results of their research and how libraries can support this. DeDe’s research focuses on scholarly communication and open access issues and she is a strong advocate for reformation in the scholarly publishing industry.

Jaclyn McLean, University of Saskatchewan

Jaclyn McLean is the Electronic Resources Librarian at the University of Saskatchewan. She works behind the scenes managing access, licensing, and budgets for eResources.  Her research interests include the application of evidence based library & information practice (EBLIP) principles in professional practice, especially related to technology.  When she’s not at the library, you will likely find her with knitting needles or a cup of tea in hand and a ginger cat or two nearby.

Charlene Sorensen, University of Saskatchewan

Charlene Sorensen is an Associate Dean at the University of Saskatchewan Library. During her career she has undertaken a variety of roles including Serials Coordinator, Head of Description and Discovery, Associate Dean, and Interim Dean. As Associate Dean she oversees collections, technical services, and University Archives & Special Collections. Within the discipline of academic librarianship, her research interests include sound communication practices, change management, and leadership development.

NOTE: Although speakers will be presenting in English, meeting materials will be provided in both official languages. A recording of the webinar will also be posted after the event.

If you have any questions, please contact Julie Morin, Program Officer at CARL (