Commercial Products Committee Meeting: September 25, 2020


Members Attending: Jessica Harris (U. Chicago), Will Midgley (University of Illinois at Chicago), Jim Millhorn (Northern Illinois University), Thane Montaner (Prairie State College), Megan Ruenz (Wheaton College), Amanda Wiesenhofer (Lincoln Land Community College)

Members Absent: Edith List (Principia College), Marie Martino (Moraine Valley Community College), Kavita Mundle (University of Illinois at Chicago),

CARLI Staff Attending:  Jenny Taylor, Nicole Ream-Sotomayor


CARLI Updates

Opening of E-Resources Selection Cycle - Jenny and Nicole are planning to open the selection cycle around Oct 12 (or sooner) and it will remain open through Nov 6. There are several vendors keeping their prices flat; Jenny emailed a list of those vendors to the current e-resources contacts.  JSTOR will be giving a discount of 3.5-5% and is allowing this credit to be used anytime over the next few years. Libraries can still select JSTOR titles through CARLI, and the credit will appear at the bottom of their invoice. Questions should be directed to Nicole or Jenny.

License Agreements in Process

ACS - CARLI staff is working with the ACS to get a new contract in place starting Jan 1. 

ACM - Jenny and Nicole have met with representatives from ACM to talk about their new pricing models and move to open access (see next agenda item for further details).

Syndetics Unbound - CARLI staff is working with ProQuest on this license



There were no product proposals for review this month.

ACM Transformative agreement

CARLI's contract with ACM runs through December 2021. CARLI staff have been in discussion with ACM reps about their new ACM Open model.

ACM is transitioning from their current subscription model to a fully open access model.  In 2025 it is expected that all ACM journals will be open access.  ACM has created 10 Institutional Tier Pricing models based on a 3-year average of the publication output from a given institution.  This pricing model will cover all the OA fees that an author pays.  This is a cultural shift in how we are paying for access since it’s shifting the Open Access costs to a different budget category.  Most libraries are not paying the Open Access fees currently. For Tier 10 schools (smallest publication output), ACM will honor current pricing so you will not pay more than what you are now.  ACM has stated that this will be the only subscription model going forward and will work on 3-year commitments. 

Committee discussion:

  • Top Tiered school buy in to this program - the larger schools (Tiers 1 & 2) are needed in order for the smaller schools to gain access at the reduced rate.  There are several institutions and consortiums that have already adopted this (University of California system, Kansas State University, Iowa State University, and others). 
  • Many of the Top Tier schools will see a significant price increase and with budget cuts on the horizon it’s hard to predict how well this will be received on our own campuses. 
  • How does Open Access work if you don’t have authors submitting to these journals?
  • It’s not yet known if the Tier Pricing being presented will change after the 3 years. 

Review of Committee Charge & Structure

Amanda reminded the team that the timeline for this project is to have a draft submitted by Dec 1, 2020 and the final draft submission by March 1st, 2021.  Committee chairs will meet at end of October for a discussion of the structure of the CARLI committees.  

There was a discussion that followed with everyone agreeing on the below points:

  • We believe the CARLI Commercial Products Committee should continue and continue as is.  There is a need for our committee to work with the Vendor side of E-Resources and to offer input on the solicitations our committee receives from our vendors.  No one thought our group should take on additional aspects of E-Resources at this time, there is enough work already for our committee. 
  • We believe there should be another committee added (or potentially repurposed from the CARLI Link Resolvers Advisory committee (formerly the SFX committee)) that should deal with E-Resources troubleshooting.  Troubleshooting would include activating, proxy issues, Open Athens authentication, and deactivation.  This group could be ILS agnostic or this could have focus on Alma, depending on the needs of the CARLI consortium. 


Minutes from August 13, 2020 meeting were approved.

Meetings of the committee will take place the 4th Friday of the month, 9-10 AM, with the following exceptions:

  • October meeting: moved from October 23rd to the 30th, 9:00-10:00
  • November meeting: moved from November 27th to the 20th, time TBD
  • December meeting: moved from December 25th to the 28th, time TBD

Tasks Assigned

Jenny will follow up with ACM rep to see about getting a list of CARLI member libraries and their tiers in the ACM Open model.

Jenny will send out survey to determine time of the November and December meetings.

Meeting Dates

Next Meeting: Friday, October 30th, 9:00 a.m. -10:00 a.m.  via Zoom