Alicia Wise, Director of Universal Access at Elsevier, said, “The British Library and Elsevier share a common goal. We both make tangible efforts to provide, in a sustainable way, access to scientific information to as many and to as wide a variety of researchers as possible. Through this agreement we help the British Library extend its reach to users far beyond the UK’s boundaries. At the same time it provides Elsevier with an additional, valuable channel through which we can share our content with a very relevant group of researchers.”
The framework agreement signed by Elsevier and Taylor & Francis has the backing of three of the relevant trade associations, International STM, Publishers Association and ALPSP. All three have recommended that the member publishers participate in the framework agreement. “The framework licence agreed with the British Library offers a balanced model for well-regulated licensed document delivery across international borders for non-commercial use,” said Graham Taylor, Director of The Publishers Association.
The British Library’s Overseas Library Privilege Service will be phased out from the start of 2012. The British Library will contact all existing licensors of STM content it currently has a direct digital agreement with and who are yet to sign the framework licence agreement. The British Library will also contact all non-UK, non-commercial libraries currently registered to discuss eligibility for the new service and how to proceed.