Center for Research Libraries
Director of Library Initiatives
Big Ten Academic Alliance
Director, Strategic Partnerships
Despite the worst budget crisis since 2008, activist libraries and mission-driven publishers are signing more agreements than ever, somehow finding resources and money for collaboration. How is this possible, and why don’t the traditional rules of “vendor/library” engagement apply? This fire-side chat with consortia directors representing the largest research institutions in the US and moderated by PLOS will unpack the work and expectations of “activist” libraries. What are their top priorities as negotiators? What are the top priorities of their members and how do they manage them? How has “mission-driven” strategy impacted their approach to negotiating with publishers and other service providers? What positive trends are they seeing from partners and what should libraries be preparing to do when engaging in this kind of work? What are the consequences for libraries and publishers that won’t partner this way?