Commercial Products Committee Meeting: June 19, 2020


Members Attending: Marie Martino (Moraine Valley Community College), Jeffrey Matlak (Western Illinois University), Will Midgley (University of Illinois at Chicago), Thane Montaner (Prairie State College), Kavita Mundle (University of Illinois at Chicago), Heather Parisi (Dominican University), Megan Ruenz (Wheaton College), Amanda Wiesenhofer (Lincoln Land Community College), Frances Whaley (Kishwaukee College; CARLI Board Liaison)

CARLI Staff Attending:  Jenny Taylor, Nicole Ream-Sotomayor


CARLI Updates

CARLI staff has finished end of year business and has everything ready for the end of the fiscal year.

The eresource report presented to the CARLI Board last week was shared. Note: data is from June 5th and not current anymore; it has already changed and will likely change more by end of month/fiscal year. For example, five more subscriptions have been added since that date.  Copy of the report will be emailed to CPC. Some highlights from report include:

  • No significant decrease in eresources
  • Added two new licenses this year—Statista and Swank
  • Syndentics modules drop affected subscription numbers moving from FY2020 to FY2021
  • All but 2 libraries have made selections as of date of this meeting
  • Overall number of institutions down due to mergers/closures

More libraries are purchasing electronic this coming year as immediate and expanded access is needed.

Subscriptions info:

  • Ebsco database subscriptions down (APA databases costs went up, and with RFP products, simultaneous user option removed)
  • ProQuest database subscriptions down (because of Syndetics products not being offered)
  • Bloomsbury database subscriptions up (CPC members talked about nice product)
  • Gale database subscriptions now only down 3, despite data on report at current time vs time report was published, which was at 8.

Regarding Swank, as of today’s meeting date, subscriptions are up to 9. Subscription options for members are: flex collection vs demand driven.  Flex offers minimum of 50 videos that can be swapped in and out; demand driven is minimum is 25 movies, which can't be swapped. For individual video subscriptions past the ‘25 license’ for one year, libraries will have to add videos outside of CARLI agreement.

Elizabeth discussed contracts for consortial e-book purchases; more information will be available via CARLI announcments.



MIT Press Direct - interest by the committee to move forward depended on authentication options; follow-up needed

Annual project planning

Two webinars on topics related to Alma and e-resources will be presented by Jenifer Holman and Angela Vetsch in late July/early August. Dates are being nailed down and registration will be announced via CARLI listservs.

Other business

In anticipation of CARLI's ACM contract ending at the end of CY21, CARLI staff introduced ACM's new ACM Open model ( CARLI staff will continue to learn more about this model and share information with the committee over the coming months.

CPC will add 3 new members for one-year terms this year:

  • Jessica Harris (University of Chicago)
  • Edith List (Principia College)
  • Jim Milhorn (Northern Illinois University)

Thanks to Jeff and Heather for their service on CPC!

Tasks Assigned

Jenny will follow up with MIT Press about authentication methods.

Meeting Dates

Next Meeting: TBA, in August after CARLI All Committee meeting