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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.

 
 

ARL Releases RLI 282 on Library Budgets, Journal Bundles, Reference Staffing

rli282-coverARL has published Research Library Issues (RLI) no. 282, which features articles on ARL library budgets over the past two years, subscriptions to journal collections from large publishers, and the impact of the changing roles of librarians on reference staffing. A pre-publication version of the article about journal bundles was released earlier this year.

The complete table of contents with links to the articles follows:

 
     

Research Library Issues, no. 282 (Spring 2013): Pre-pub of "The State of Large-Publisher Bundles in 2012"

RLI issue 282: Pre-pub of "The State of Large-Publisher Bundles in 2012"

 
 

ARL and LYRASIS Sign Agreement for Licensing Initiative

On November 18, 2011, the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) and LYRASIS signed an agreement designating LYRASIS as an agent to negotiate licenses for online content on behalf of interested ARL member libraries. This is the culmination of an effort that began in 2010 to identify a strategy for ARL to influence the marketplace regarding licensing rights, technical specifications, and business terms to meet the needs of research libraries.

 
 

Fall Forum 2011: Shaking Up the Norm:Journal Pricing and Valuation

Presented at the ARL/CNI Fall Forum, "21st-Century Collections and the Urgency of Collaborative Action," October 2011.

pdf ff11-anderson-ivy.pdf

 
 

Membership Meeting 2011 (Fall): Buy or Rent? How different are books from ebooks?

Presented at the 159th ARL Membership Meeting, October 2011.

pdf mm11fall-kahle.pdf

 
 

Membership Meeting 2011 (Spring): International STM Journal Market

Presented at the 158th ARL Membership Meeting, May 2011.

mp3 mm11sp-stm.mp3

 
 

Membership Meeting 2011 (Spring): Current and Future STM Publishing Market Trends

Presented at the 158th ARL Membership Meeting, May 2011.

pdf mm11sp-cook.pdf

 
 

Membership Meeting 2011 (Spring): Watching your cards in The Big Deal

Presented at the 158th ARL Membership Meeting, May 2011.

pdf mm11sp-bergstrom.pdf

 
 

Membership Meeting 2011 (Spring): STM Publishing: A Shift of Power

Presented at the 158th ARL Membership Meeting, May 2011.

pdf mm11sp-aspesi.pdf

 
 

ARL E-Book Requirements

This is "Appendix C: Detailed Evaluation Requirements and Desirables" of the 2012 ARL e-book licensing agent RFP, more commonly known as the "ARL E-Book Requirements."

pdf arl-e-book-requirements-2012.pdf

 
 

Research Library Issues, no. 269 (April 2010): Special Issue on Strategies for Opening Up Content

RLI issue 269 includes:

  • Strategies for Opening Up Content: Laying the Groundwork for an Open System of Scholarship
  • Achieving Consensus on the University of Kansas Open-Access Policy
  • Improving Access with Open-Access Publishing Funds
  • Model Language for Author Rights in Library Content Licenses
  • Opening Up Content in HathiTrust: Using HathiTrust Permissions Agreements to Make Authors’ Work Available
 
 

Research Library Issues, no. 266 (Oct. 2009)

RLI issue 266 includes:

  • Removing All Restrictions Cornell’s New Policy on Use of Public Domain Reproductions
  • Evolving Preservation Roles and Responsibilities of Research Libraries
  • SPARC Explores Income Models for Supporting Open-Access Journals
  • ARL Salary Survey Highlights
 
 

ARL Encourages Members to Refrain from Signing Nondisclosure or Confidentiality Clauses

Members Also Encouraged to Share Agreement Content

The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) Board of Directors voted in support of a resolution introduced by its Scholarly Communication Steering Committee to strongly encourage ARL member libraries to refrain from signing agreements with publishers or vendors, either individually or through consortia, that include nondisclosure or confidentiality clauses. In addition, the Board encourages ARL members to share upon request from other libraries information contained in these agreements (save for trade secrets or proprietary technical details) for licensing content, licensing software or other tools, and for digitization contracts with third-party vendors.

 
 

ARL Encourages Members to Refrain from Signing Nondisclosure or Confidentiality Clauses

The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) Board of Directors voted in support of a resolution introduced by its Scholarly Communication Steering Committee to strongly encourage ARL member libraries to refrain from signing agreements with publishers or vendors, either individually or through consortia, that include nondisclosure or confidentiality clauses. In addition, the Board encourages ARL members to share upon request from other libraries information contained in these agreements (save for trade secrets or proprietary technical details) for licensing content, licensing software or other tools, and for digitization contracts with third-party vendors. The Board adopted this position at the ARL Membership Meeting in Houston, Texas, on May 22, 2009. This statement was released June 5, 2009.

pdf arl-encourages-members-to-refrain-from-signing-nondisclosure-or-confidentiality-clauses-2009.pdf

 
 

ARL Statement to Scholarly Publishers on the Global Economic Crisis

pdf global-economic-crisis.pdf

 
 

Issue Brief: John Wiley and Sons Acquisition of Blackwell Publishing

pdf issue-brief-wiley-blackwell-2007.pdf

 
 

Letter to Department of Justice Regarding Wiley and Sons Acquisition of Blackwell Publishing

John Wiley and Sons announced an agreement to acquire Blackwell Publishing. As members of the Information Access Alliance, we are deeply concerned that this transaction will exacerbate market dysfunctions and result in further reduction in access to critical research information that fuels the entire higher education and research enterprise. We urge the Department of Justice to challenge this proposed sale.

pdf iaa-doj-wiley-nov2006.pdf

 
 

Statement by Thomas Susman on Behalf of IAA re: Hearings on Single-Firm Anticompetitive Conduct

This statement is presented to the Department of Justice and the Federal Trade Commission (the Agencies) on behalf of the Information Access Alliance (IAA).

pdf iaa-doj-ftc-nov2006.pdf

 
 

Membership Meeting 2006 (Fall): Theoretical Economics and the State of Scholarly Publishing in Economics

Proceedings of the 149th ARL Membership Meeting, October 2006.

pdf mm06fall-osborne.pdf

 
 

Law Serials Pricing and Mergers: A Portfolio Approach

Using data from more than 400 legal serials, Mark McCabe estimates the impact of six publisher mergers on law serial prices during the period 1990–2000. The results suggest that merger-related price increases were substantial during this period, even after accounting for secular price trends.

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Information Access Alliance Will Continue to Push for Revised Analysis of Cinven and Candover Purchase of BertelsmannSpringer

The Information Access Alliance (IAA), a group of seven library organizations, will continue to push for revised analysis of publisher mergers despite the recent announcement that the Department of Justice has approved the sale of BertelsmannSpringer to Cinven and Candover. The Alliance is concerned that mergers of this sort will bring about a reduction in access to critical research information due to the heightened journal costs that result.

pdf iaa-doj-springer-sep2003.pdf

 
 

Information Access Alliance Releases White Paper and Launches Website

The Information Access Alliance, a coalition of six leading library organizations in North America, has published a white paper that examines the impact of mergers among scholarly and legal publishers and calls for a new standard of antitrust review of merger transactions in this industry by antitrust enforcement agencies.

pdf iaa-paper-site-july2003.pdf

 
 

Information Access Alliance Letter to Commission of European Communities Regarding Cinven and Candover Purchase of BertelsmannSpringer

Bertelsmann AG recently announced its intent to sell BertelsmannSpringer, a publisher of scientific, technical, and medical (STM) journals, to Cinven and Candover, a partnership of UK-based private equity firms. We are writing to you on behalf of the Information Access Alliance, a coalition of six leading library organizations in North America that serve institutions engaged in research, education, law, and health care. We are deeply concerned that this development in the global STM market will lead to a further reduction in access to critical research information worldwide. We urge the European Commission, as we have urged the U.S. Department of Justice, to challenge the proposed sale.

pdf iaa-ec-july2003.pdf

 
 

Publisher Mergers: A Consumer-Based Approach to Antitrust Analysis

In this paper, the Information Access Alliance (Alliance) describes the issues that have emerged as the industry has become increasingly concentrated and advocates for a new standard of antitrust review that we urge be adopted by state and federal antitrust enforcement agencies in examining merger transactions in the serials publishing industry.

pdf iaa-publisher-mergers-jun03.pdf

 
 

Libraries Urge Justice Department to Block Cinven and Candover Purchase of BertelsmannSpringer

The Information Access Alliance, a group of six library organizations, is urging the U.S. Department of Justice to block Cinven and Candover's proposed purchase of BertelsmannSpringer. The Alliance is concerned that this transaction will bring about a reduction in access to critical research information.

pdf iaa-doj-cinven-may2003.pdf

 
 

To Publish and Perish

Special issue of "Policy Perspectives", co-sponsored by the Association of Research Libraries, the Association of American Universities, and the Pew Higher Education Roundtable. This Policy Perspectives is about the challenge of maintaining access to significant researchand scholarship at a time when both the volume and price of information have increased nearly three-fold in the last decadealone.

pdf to-publish-and-perish-mar98.pdf

 
 

Principles for Licensing Electronic Resources

ARL and its partner library associations issued these principles in 1997 and then developed a series of workshops on licensing to introduce the library community to best practices in contract terms and negotiations.

pdf licensing-principles-1997.pdf

 
 
 
 

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