Reposted in full from the NYU Press blog, From the Square
The team of directors spearheading a university press-branded consortium to sell collections of ebooks to academic libraries—Steve Maikowski, New York University Press; Eric Halpern, University of Pennsylvania Press; Alex Holzman, Temple University Press; and Marlie Wasserman, Rutgers University Press—is pleased to announce a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation for $47,000, to be used to advance the venture toward its fall 2011 launch. Fifty-five university presses have expressed a strong interest in participating in this project. Managers at many of these presses understand that the separate efforts of individual presses are an inefficient solution to the challenge of disseminating university press ebooks to academic libraries. By working together to achieve efficiencies of scale, presses that join the consortium will put the needs of the scholarly community as a whole at the top of the agenda. Continue reading
Here’s a link to the letter sent to the DOJ from the Exec Dir’s of ALA/ACRL/ARL on December 15th, outlining concerns of pricing and the lack of academic representation on the Registry Board.
And another link for the NY Law School document outlining the objections and responses in the amended settlement.
Today I had a great conversation with Cathy Anson, Director of Sponsored Research and Ruth Connell, Head Collection Management and Systems Administration, Grasselli Library at John Carroll University. They are the researchers behind the ARL Spec Kit 313 – E-book Collections. Cathy and Ruth discussed the survey findings, including the biggest surprises and some notable quotes. Publishers and vendors, I highly recommend listening to the interview, and reading the Spec Kit.
You can find the blog interview on the NSR interviews page.
Congrats to two fellow Ohioans (Cathy Anson and Ruth Connell) on the publication of an ARL Spec Kit – “E-book Collections” Their research discusses the practice of ebook selection, acquisition, and marketing in major academic libraries, based on survey responses. According to Cathy Anson from John Carroll University, “Our findings present a behind-the-scenes look at the difficulties experienced by ebook librarians in an academic library. The ebook process doesn’t work like the model for print books or for electronic journals and requires libraries to create new interdepartmental work flows. Publishers, vendors, and aggregators offer a variety of complex licensing agreements for ebooks which must be carefully reviewed and negotiated. The most useful method of creating a new model of selection and acquisition is through the use of task forces.”
The press release and the executive summary for “E-book Collections” published by the Association of Research Libraries is available at http://www.arl.org/news/pr/spec313.shtml .
Ah, it is the beginning of September when thoughts turn to going back to school, the days turn a little colder (in the northern hemisphere) and the smell of lawsuit briefs is in the air. Well, okay — the latter might not be what you expect, but this is a special September, after all. Postponed from MayL1, the deadline for filing comments in the Google Book Search settlement is coming up. And everyone is weighing in (”again” for some) on the details of the settlement. A couple of highlights.
The American Library Association (ALA), the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) and the Association of Research Libraries (ARL)L2 again offered its support for the settlement, if only the court would promise to extend vigorous oversight of pricing and privacy practices of Google and the Books Rights Registry. This came in the form of a supplemental filingL3 to the briefL4 the three organizations filed in MayL5 (just prior to the first comment deadline). Continue reading
What are the challenges and opportunities collection development librarians are faced with during these tight budget times as the nature of collections continue to evolve? How can academic libraries maintain their purchasing power for collections when severe budget cuts are the norm at many academic institutions? Can publishers and vendors be more flexible in their pricing models in order to assist libraries sustain purchasing for collections during this difficult budget time?
In January ICOLC warned publishers that academic libraries face impending budget cuts and asked them to develop alternative solutions to the dilemma. In February ARL issued a statement confirming that the situation is dire and must be taken seriously.
Since then it has been reported that several ARL Libraries face serious budget cuts. Some publishers have responded by freezing prices for 2010. How is your library coping with budget cuts?
Respond to this post with practical suggestions and solutions about what your library has done, or is planning to do, to weather this recession. Feel free to communicate with publishers and vendors with price freeze suggestions as well.