It Isn’t Fair

A librarian recently said that a consortial resource package shouldn’t be priced based on institutional use, because that’s not “fair”. I held my tongue, but I can’t let the conversation go, mostly because I can’t think of anything fair-er than paying for use of a resource based on how much…

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oh noes, not “the legal team”!

I feel like this is a periodic post… but it’s time again. Right now we’re going back and forth with a vendor whose license agreement includes strict language about non-disclosure and confidentiality, and that everything in the agreement is a trade secret. I’ve said this all before, here. The key…

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A small object lesson about the scholarly communication ecosystem

Yesterday I started following links and ended up at the supplementary material for the article “Evaluating Big Deal Journal Bundles“, which reminded me that I want to read it in full. And while PNAS has OA content, the thing I want is not yet available. So I wrestled with our…

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on confidentiality and FOI laws

For the past few weeks now I’ve been emailing back and forth with a vendor, debating terms of a license agreement. I struck several terms, both of my own volition and on recommendation from purchasing officials on my campus, and added additional SUNY-specific terms that need to be included. I’ve…

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Video from Charleston 2013, with a warning

The video from my Charleston talk is now officially available, from Charleston, on YouTube.  This link will take you there, if the embed below doesn’t work. Before you go watch, I need to say this: This talk deserves a trigger warning regarding domestic abuse. I draw a direct comparison between…

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