[Lyrarl] Harvard Univ Press Ebooks through ARL Licensing Initiative

Celeste Feather celeste.feather at lyrasis.org
Fri Nov 16 09:42:29 EST 2012

Dear ARL Collection Development Contacts,

Some of you are new to this email list, as ARL staff recently supplied additional contact names so that each ARL member library will be represented and be informed about developments as the ARL licensing initiative continues. The purpose of the list is to make each ARL library aware of new ebook offers that have been negotiated with publishers on behalf of ARL, using the ARL-developed license specifications to create a license that meets all requirements. LYRASIS is acting as ARL's agent to accomplish this work, and I am the manager of this program here at LYRASIS. The initial focus of this endeavor is university press ebook content.

The ARL initiative is designed to impact both pricing and license terms for ebooks, and all offers can be extended to any other library that is a member of a consortium that includes an ARL library. In this way ARL hopes to create attractive opportunities for libraries across the US and Canada through collective action and a license that meets high standards.

Earlier this year we negotiated the first ARL offer for Project MUSE/UPCC ebook content. We are working with MUSE right now to create another offer for 2013 ebook content, so stay tuned for news about that soon. Also pending and expected shortly is an offer from Oxford University Press for the 2011-2013 content from Oxford and its nine partner presses all hosted at the University Press Scholarship Online site.

I'm pleased to let you know, though, of the second new university press ebook offer we have negotiated for the ARL licensing initiative that is ready for your review! Harvard University Press has contracted with De Gruyter Online to be the main hosting site for its ebook content, and we have negotiated an offer with De Gruyter for 2011-2013 Harvard ebook content that provides attractive pricing and meets the ARL license requirements.  Many details are in the attached memo, so please do read it carefully. This document contains links to the pricing spreadsheet and title list, the central license, and an online form to record each library's intentions to purchase at specified discount levels. The deadline for this offer is April 30, 2013, but please don't wait until April 15 to review!

I'm sure you will have many questions, and I stand ready to respond.



Celeste Feather
Licensing Program Account Manager
celeste.feather at lyrasis.org<mailto:celeste.feather at lyrasis.org>
800-999-8558 ext. 2954 (Toll-free)
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