Commercial Products Committee Meeting: September 22, 2017

carli office, champaign

Members attending: Xiaotian Chen by phone (Bradley University), Edith List (Principia College), Jeffrey Matlak (Western Illinois University), Hilary Meyer (Triton College), Jim Millhorn (Northern Illinois University), Kavita Mundle (University of Illinois at Chicago), Heather Parisi  (Dominican University), Amanda Wiesenhofer (Lincoln Land Community College), Lesley Wolfgang (Saint John's College of Nursing, Chair).

Staff attending: Cindy Clennon, Anne Craig


CARLI Update

The CARLI Annual Meeting will be held on Friday, November 17 at I-Hotel in Champaign. The meeting will include a discussion of the draft of the strategic plan

Listening sessions - Anne held a number of listening sessions with library directors across the state. Some common themes include requests for shared institutional repository and the addition of service brokering (digitization, hiring of consultants, etc.) alongside the product brokering CARLI does on behalf of member institutions.

New I-Share libraries -Four new I-SHARE libraries will be coming online by March 2018: The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library, McHenry County College, Moody Bible College, and the Spertus Institute for Jewish Learning and Leadership. These four new additions will bring the total number of I-SHARE libraries to 90.

Open Textbook Network membership - An OER taskforce has been formed to develop the website and there will be a session presented at ILA. There will be training on how to discuss the OTN with faculty, and there will also be a training by the OTN, possibly in April.

Upcoming webinars - A webinar outlining tips for publishing papers will be presented on October 17th, and another on the topic of current copyright issues will be presented on November 1st. These will be recorded and archived for those unable to attend.

DPLA - Records from the Chicago Public Library and the Chicago Historical Society were ingested by the harvesting software. There are now over 220,000 records in the collection.

CARLI offices - The CARLI staff will be downsizing their office space. Construction will begin in December 2017.

The calendar-year selection cycle window will open October 9th and will run through the first of November. There will be a new FTE-based pricing model for AAAS.

Cindy sent usage statistics to member libraries.

The materials exemption is back in play, and this will impact CARLI in that RFPs will no longer be required for content purchases. This will mean a potential workload increase for the Commercial Products Committee because more products will be able to be reviewed.

While the Springer/Nature merger will eventually affect CARLI subscribers, the licenses will be kept separate for another year.

Mary Burkee will be retiring on September 29th.


Proposal review

IBISWorld demo - The committee viewed a live demo of IBISWorld and discussed the volume-based pricing offer with the vendor rep. The committee suggested a redesign of the proposal to an FTE-based pricing model based on the kinds of proposals from most of CARLI’s other vendors. It was also suggested that the proposed pricing was still too high for most libraries, even with the CARLI discount. The committee members also encouraged the rep to include current subscribers in the discounted CARLI pricing. Once the rep has discussed these suggestions with his admins, he will submit a revised proposal.

Film Platform - The committee discussed this and several other streaming video products on the market and decided to design its annual project around best practices for piloting, purchasing, mounting, and marketing streaming media, so more will be discussed in regards to this proposal. The committee would like to investigate the possibility of a trial for Film Platform.

Statista - Edith was the group’s go-to expert on this product and rated it very highly. The committee decided to move forward with this proposal at least as far as a trial. There are currently fifteen subscribers among CARLI members, so the question of whether the existing subscribers would be included in the discount is one which Cindy will address with the vendor.


CPC FY17 project presentation at the Annual Meeting

Hilary will create a slide deck and will present the group’s annual project from last year at the Annual Meeting.

Lesley will send a copy of the Executive Summary to Anne Craig prior to the October 8th deadline for the one-page descriptive project summary.


continuing Education and annual project ideas

The committee decided that exploring best practices for procurement and administration of streaming media (including streaming video and possibly streaming audio as well) would be a timely project that could be useful to CARLI member libraries. Several CPC members are either currently using Kanopy or will implement it soon, and there are several other similar products to investigate (including Film Platform, products from DocuSeek and Alexander Street Press, etc.).

The group decided that it would solicit questions and ideas for best practices for streaming media in an open forum, “office hours” style educational offering.

The CPC’s next meeting will take place via conference call as usual on October 11th at 2:30pm CST. Before that date, Cindy will send an email blast to CARLI members to solicit questions and announce the open conference call to be scheduled for a date to follow shortly after the CPC call. The monthly meeting will include discussion of the open call.

Cindy will set up the conference call.

Xiaotian will create a Google spreadsheet to collect the questions to be addressed during the open conference call.

The rest of the committee members will begin to populate the Google spreadsheet with questions and ideas for best practices.


Meeting Dates and Deadlines

Conference call on Wednesday, October 11 at 2:30pm