Category: The Vendor Files

Another place to say No: HBR and EBSCO

The Chronicle of Higher Education has an article out about the newest challenge to educational access to scholarly content, this time a particularly egregious example from the Harvard Business Review. Some cogent paragraphs that explain the thing: Although Harvard Business Review articles have been included in the journal aggregator EBSCO since 2000, as of August 1 the publisher began blocking full access to the 500 most popular articles, meaning students and professors can no longer download, print, or link directly to them. Harvard has long asserted that a digital library subscription cannot substitute for the separate licenses and fees involved […] keep reading…

More from SAGE

HA! We asked another middleman agency to get us a quote from SAGE, out of curiosity: Would it be more explicable? Would it be a better deal for us? We got our answer today. Per our last email from that middleman agency, “Sage will not allow current subscribers to transfer to a different consortia at a lower price.  They require them to keep the same pricing.” So, not only do they get to arbitrarily determine what we should pay and how they define that amount, they won’t sell to us if we look for better deals than we currently have […] keep reading…

Speaking in Charleston

If you’ve been following my relationship and conversation with vendors, you may be interested to know that I’ll be giving Thursday morning’s opening plenary address at the Charleston Conference next week: Librarians In The Post-Digital Information Era: Reclaiming Our Rights and Responsibilities The best libraries were never simply buyers and warehouses for information, but something more, centered around synthesis and access and creativity. As the information ecosystem has shifted, forcing our attention to the operational side of How We Manage Information, some of us have lost sight of that. We hand over our shrinking resources to prominent for-profit publishers and […] keep reading…

Another day, another bad deal

Photo Credit: Tim & Selena Middleton via Compfight cc I had a brief email conversation today with one of our vendor-service middlemen. You may not work with the same ones I do, but you know the type: the organizations that negotiate on behalf of libraries to get good deals for online resources and then they sell them to us so we don’t have do go direct. We love our middlemen, and we rely on them to save us time and money. Unfortunately for all of us involved, today’s conversation was an extension of a conversation from last month, both of […] keep reading…

Following up on the Chemistry issue

I promised everyone, when we made the decision to cease subscribing to an ACS package, that I would follow up, saying, “The libraries have agreed to do a robust analysis of how well or poorly this works out in this year.” So here I am. How’d it go? You’re all wondering, right? In May, I met with the faculty in the Chemistry Department to talk through their experiences. The Libraries’ Collection Development Coordinator, Marianne Hebert, and I came to the meeting with our ILL data, our expenditures data, and questions. A few key takeaways from that discussion, and my responses […] keep reading…

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