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Boston Library Consortium Calls Out Publishers on Price Gouging

paul-revere-statue-old-north-church-bostonimage © Sharon Somero

On May 27, 2014, the Chronicle of Higher Education published a letter to the editor entitled, “Ebook Pricing Hikes Amount to Price-Gouging.” As a result of announced price increases that appear to be “an experiment in predatory pricing,” the Boston Library Consortium has pledged to address these increases by rewarding those publishers whose prices remain reasonable.

 
 

Closing the Loop: Evaluating Your Key Scholarly Communication Programs and Services

seattle-skylineAugust 7, 2014, in Seattle, image © Chris TarnawskiMany libraries have been operating scholarly communication programs or providing scholarly communication services for several years. We have identified what is important to our communities. We have thought strategically about what services we might best offer. We have discussed how we might organize ourselves to deliver those services. How can we maximize the impact of the scholarly communication programs and services we offer? How do we know we’ve achieved our intended outcomes for our target audiences? What tools can help us begin to measure those outcomes?

 
 

SHARE Launches Knowledge Base

computer keyboard with a image © Niklas WikströmHave you heard about SHARE (SHared Access Research Ecosystem) and wondered exactly what it is? Do you need to explain SHARE to stakeholders, both on and off campus?

The new SHARE Knowledge Base succinctly answers the most frequently asked questions about SHARE and will continue to be expanded as the initiative grows.

 
 

ARL, SPARC, Other Organizations Oppose FIRST Act

"first" rubber stampOn March 24, 2014, ARL, SPARC, and 14 other organizations sent a letter (PDF) to Chairman Smith (R-TX) and Representative Johnson (D-TX) urging them to modify the Frontiers in Innovation Research, Science, and Technology (FIRST) Act of 2014 (H.R. 4186), which reauthorizes parts of the America COMPETES Act. The bill includes many deeply problematic provisions relating to the National Science Foundation (NSF) and also includes restricted provisions for public access to research results.

 
 

Research Libraries and the Big Deal: Author Version of Study Available

bound-journalsimage © diylibrarianUnwrapping the Bundle: An Examination of Research Libraries and the ‘Big Deal’,” by Karla L. Strieb of the Ohio State University (OSU) and Julia C. Blixrud of ARL has been added to the OSU Knowledge Bank. The authors’ final version has been accepted for publication in portal: Libraries and the Academy. Based on the findings of a 2012 survey of ARL member libraries about journal bundles, this article compares results to earlier studies and examines the product structure, pricing models, and license terms.

 
 

LIBLICENSE Model License Being Revised by North American Working Group

liblicense-screenshotUnder the auspices of the Center for Research Libraries (CRL), and with the support of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the LIBLICENSE Model License for e-resources is undergoing a vigorous overhaul by a team of North American practitioners and experts. The model license has served as a negotiating framework and has been widely used by libraries and consortia for many years. An initial draft of the revised model license will be available in late spring 2014. Later in the year, the software that enables users to build their own agreements will be rewritten and released.

For more information, see the March 13, 2014, CRL news release, “North American Working Group to Revise Model License,” or contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

 
 

SHARE Notification System Project Plan

The SHared Access Research Ecosystem (SHARE) Notification System Project Plan, released February 6, 2014, details the first in a series of activities to be undertaken by SHARE to ensure that scholarly research outputs are discovered and built upon in a manner that facilitates and accelerates the research process.

pdf share-notification-system-project-plan.pdf

 
 

ARL to Host ACLS Fellow in Scholarly Publishing—Apply by March 19

screenshot of a medieval manuscript on an iPhoneimage: Luzern, Zentral- und Hochschulbibliothek, P 19 fol. 1rARL has been selected to be a host organization for the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) Public Fellows Program, a career-building fellowship initiative designed to expand the reach of doctoral education in the humanities. In 2014, the Public Fellows Program will place 20 recent PhDs from the humanities and humanistic social sciences in two-year staff positions at partnering organizations in government and the nonprofit sector. Fellows will participate in the substantive work of these organizations and will receive professional mentoring, an annual stipend of $65,000, and health insurance.

 
 

U Montréal Cancels Subscriptions to 76% of Serials in Wiley Online Library

u-montreal-pavillon-roger-gaudryimage © Université de MontréalOn January 14, the Université de Montréal (UdeM) libraries announced that they are cancelling their subscriptions to 1,142 of 1,510 periodicals in the Wiley Online Library at the end of the month. New issues of the cancelled titles will no longer be available online to the UdeM community, but access to earlier issues will be maintained. In a news release (English translation [PDF]), the libraries note that the cancellations are the result of several factors, including budget cuts imposed by the Québec government and annual subscription price increases between 3% and 6%.

 
 

Press-Library Collaborations Explored in AAUP Report

split screen of young woman with laptop and young man with laptop facing each otherimage © Mitchell Joyce and Kristin MansonThe Association of American University Presses (AAUP) surveyed its members and ARL libraries in 2012 to identify elements of successful collaborations. The survey included questions on operational and financial structures and resulted in descriptions of the variety of existing relationships between presses and libraries. Follow-up interviews with some respondents were conducted in 2013. Today AAUP released a report, Press and Library Collaboration Survey, that includes a number of broad conclusions and recommendations for successful collaboration. For an overview and to read the full report, see the AAUP news release, “Successful Press-Library Collaborations Rely on Complementary Skills, Resources, and Missions.”

 
 
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