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Thursday, November 8 • 3:40pm - 4:20pm
Navigating the Prevailing Winds of University Press Collection Management

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Libraries face many challenges when acquiring university press ebooks. The availability of frontlist ebook titles with multi-user rights is inconsistent and decreasing year to year on most ebook platforms, largely because the presses cannot always be certain which titles will become a course adopted title. Therefore, university presses make decisions on DRM on a title by title basis. In the end, academic libraries are forced to acquire each university press’ ebook titles on multiple platforms, with varying usage rights, in multiple formats, on a title by title basis. When presses suppress these titles from DRM-free collections, they deny access to the titles to all institutions, not just those that adopt them for course use. Similarly, when they put a multiplied price for unlimited access on these titles, institutions that do not adopt them for course use are required to pay the same amount for unlimited access rights as those institutions that do adopt them. How can libraries and university presses together address this issue in a way that is fair and mutually agreeable to both presses and libraries? A pilot project lead by De Gruyter was launched in 2015 in order to answer this very question by testing an alternative model for acquisition of university press content to reduce risk for the university presses as well as the libraries.

Those who attend this session will:

• Learn about the alternative model that set the foundation for this pilot
• See three years of usage data collected in this pilot
• Have the opportunity to engage with and provide feedback to representatives of the participating libraries and university presses

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Steve Fallon

Vice President of Americas and Strategic Partnerships, De Gruyter
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Sharla Lair

Senior Strategist, OA & ScholComm Initiatives, LYRASIS
Sharla Lair serves as a strategist for the Content & Scholarly Communication Initiatives team at LYRASIS, a non-profit, membership organization whose mission is to support enduring access to the world’s shared academic, scientific and cultural heritage through leadership in open... Read More →

Bryan Skib

Associate University Librarian for Collections, University of Michigan

Dean Smith

Director, Cornell University Press