Monday, 26 November 2012

CRKN to Terminate National Agreement with the ACS

From the Canadian Research Knowledge Network's website:

November 26, 2012
The Canadian Research Knowledge Network (CRKN) has announced a decision to terminate the national license agreement it has held with the American Chemical Society (ACS) since 2001 for its Web Editions and Legacy Archives products.  Termination of the CRKN-ACS license will take effect at the end of 2013, at which time participating libraries may choose to contract directly with ACS or implement alternate arrangements.
The decision to terminate the national agreement was taken by the CRKN Board of Directors after the organization’s negotiating team was unable to reach a renewal agreement with ACS, owing to fundamental issues with the new pricing model adopted by ACS for its international (non-US) library and consortia customers.
Under ACS’s new pricing, costs for participant libraries will be determined solely by usage, using the average number of full-text downloads from the most recent three years, and with participating institutions organized into usage bands.  Any growth in usage that would move a participating institution into a higher usage band would result in a prohibitive price increase that could double or triple the cost of the ACS content.  This pricing regime represents a huge financial risk for those libraries that are most committed to promoting ACS resources, and will penalize those who are most successful in integrating ACS content into new web- and mobile-based discovery and access systems that are used increasingly by university researchers and students.
“CRKN’s Board of Directors took this decision, with regret, after thorough due diligence, consultation with members, and evaluation of options,” reported Deb deBruijn, Executive Director. “Volatile, unpredictable and prohibitive pricing will serve to deter, rather than foster, full utilization of this important content by our members’ researchers and students.  Ultimately, ACS’s approach runs counter to CRKN’s mission of maximizing use of digital content nation-wide so as to build universities’ research capacity, enable innovative research outputs, and add to the international pool of research ingenuity.”
The decision to terminate CRKN’s agreement with ACS comes after twelve years of partnership between the two organizations, made possible by a series of large-scale, stable, multi-year agreements that were negotiated in good faith by both parties and maintained with streamlined administration. This partnership expanded the reach of ACS’s journals into sixty-six Canadian universities, transforming the research environment for chemists and enabling major advances in interdisciplinary, inter-institutional, and international work.
CRKN and its member libraries will use the coming year to wind down the national agreement and engage researchers, students, and other stakeholders in the critical issues that surround this development.  In consultation with their user communities, member libraries will also review local needs and identify options for providing key content in ways that reduce or mitigate the financial risks introduced by ACS’s usage-based pricing.  CRKN will support its members through this transition, and will also add its voice to the international efforts of research universities, libraries and consortia that are strongly urging ACS to re-evaluate the business and pricing model it has applied in recent negotiations.
About CRKN
The Canadian Research Knowledge Network is a partnership of Canadian universities, dedicated to expanding digital content for the academic research enterprise in Canada.  Through the coordinated leadership of librarians, researchers, and administrators, CRKN undertakes large-scale content acquisition and licensing initiatives, currently amounting to almost $100 million annually, in order to build knowledge infrastructure and research capacity in 75 of Canada’s universities.

Wednesday, 24 October 2012

Wednesday, 10 October 2012

Adam Matthew acquired by SAGE

This is the news release from SAGE that has been sent out to libraries today:
As a valued customer of Adam Matthew we wanted to give you someexciting news before the official announcement is released tomorrow(Thursday 11th October).
During our work this year with SAGE ( it has become
clear that our two businesses share the same core values andapproaches to quality publishing. As a result of these fundamentalalignments, and the ambitious plans for both companies, Adam Matthewis now a part of the SAGE Group:
SAGE has acquired Adam Matthew Digital and Adam Matthew Education. Theacquisition was concluded on 5th October, 2012, but remains strictlyconfidential until a public announcement is made tomorrow (11th Oct,2012).
There will be no changes to the Adam Matthew team or structure. The
business will continue to operate from its offices in Marlborough,Wiltshire and Chicago, IL under its existing management team who willcontinue to maintain all existing customer relationships.
Adam Matthew’s product fit, and the strongly aligned brand values with
SAGE, make this an exciting opportunity for the next phase in AdamMatthew’s development.
Both SAGE and Adam Matthew strongly believe in high quality products
and editorial integrity. With the agreement that Adam Matthew willcontinue to operate independently, but with the backing of SAGE, theapproach to creative, high value product development that has definedboth companies will be strengthened further.
All existing contracts will remain between Adam Matthew and its
partners, not transferred to SAGE. Please see this link:<> for important clarification on the retention ofdigital materials and access to our collections.
From January 2013 SAGE will begin selling and marketing Adam Matthew
products globally.
SAGE’s global presence will enable the further dissemination of Adam
Matthew products into new markets. Recent expansion has shown thatthere is a great appetite for Adam Matthew products and thisrelationship will support that demand.
All enquiries relating to Adam Matthew products will continue to be
managed by the Adam Matthew team.
We are extremely excited about this new relationship and believe the
next phase of Adam Matthew’s growth and development will be very wellsupported by the SAGE Group. We look forward to discussing thesedevelopments with you over the next few months as we meet many of youon our travels around the world.
Many thanks for your continued support,
The Adam Matthew Team |

Springer for sale

From Sky News, October 10, 2012:
Academic Publishing Giant Springer For Sale

Wednesday, 3 October 2012

TERMS: Techniques for Electronic Resource Management

This is a wiki I recently learned about that may be helpful for librarians when thinking about electronic resources: TERMS: Techniques for Electronic Resource Management. It was created by Jill Emery, Portland State University, and Graham Stone, University of Huddersfield in an effort to create best practices for managing electronic resources. It provides information about different stages in the management process and what you need to take into consideration. Very helpful!