Commercial Products Committee Meeting: March 13, 2020


Members Attending: Jeffrey Matlak (Western Illinois University), Will Midgley (University of Illinois at Chicago), Kavita Mundle (University of Illinois at Chicago), Heather Parisi (Dominican University), Megan Ruenz (Wheaton College), Amanda Wiesenhofer (Lincoln Land Community College)

Members Absent:  Marie Martino (Moraine Valley Community College), Thane Montaner (Prairie State College)

CARLI Staff Attending:  Jenny Taylor, Nicole Ream-Sotomayor, Elizabeth Clarage


CARLI Updates

The CARLI Fiscal Year 2021 Selection Cycle should be ready to open sometime near the end of March and run through sometime in the beginning of May.

  • EBSCO and Proquest hit the five-year mark in a ten-year contract this fiscal year, during which price caps can be reset on non-sole source products.  Please expect some kind of an increase on these products; institutions may want to shop around with other vendors.  Jenny will send an email out to all eResource contacts with additional details sometime soon.
  • CARLI FY21 Selection Cycle introduces fifty-three new products.
  • CARLI will not be offering Syndetic Solutions during this selection cycle.
  • Swank and Statista deals are currently in University Purchasing, but CARLI hopes to include these products in the FY Selection Cycle.
  • Statista has been working on improving accessibility in their user interface.

Elizabeth discussed an upcoming opportunity for CARLI institutions to purchase CARLI Consortial eBooks.

CARLI Directors and the CARLI Board of Directors drafted and sent a letter to EBSCO and Ex Libris regarding more open sharing of data.

CARLI requested that CARLI Committees remain static during the course of FY2021 and request extended appointments on the committees for all members who are willing and able to do so. The CARLI CPC committee will be three new members.



DSI Data Service & Information GmbH - The Committee agreed to not pursue at this time. 

Annual project planning

Angie Vetsch will present on managing change in small libraries; Jennifer Holman will present on data cleanup.  These webinars have not yet been scheduled.

Jenny will reach out to Loyola staff about possibly presenting on Analytics.

Tasks Assigned

Jenny will reach out to Loyola staff about possibly presenting on Analytics.

Meeting Dates

Next Meeting: Friday, April 3rd, 10:00 a.m. on Zoom

Schedule of CARLI CPC Meetings: 2nd Friday of each month at 10:00 a.m. over Zoom