Commercial Products Committee Meeting: March 26, 2021


Members Attending: Edith List (Principia College), Will Midgley (University of Illinois at Chicago), Jim Millhorn (Northern Illinois University), Thane Montaner (Prairie State College), Kavita Mundle (University of Illinois at Chicago), Megan Ruenz (Wheaton College), Amanda Wiesenhofer (Lincoln Land Community College)

Members Absent: Jessica Harris (U. Chicago), Marie Martino (Moraine Valley Community College)

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


CARLI Updates

The Board reviewed committee restructuring documents at their March meeting. There are going to be two task forces started - Primo VE and E-resources management. They are task forces instead of committees to see if they will be needed permanently.  Members will cross over with other current Committees, like Commercial Products. There will be total of nine members on each, with a call for volunteers coming out from CARLI next week.

The selection system is now open for FY22 commitments.

In future cycles, CARLI staff will "audit" pricing of select vendors, to make sure that pricing corresponds to large FTE decreases.

CARLI staff had a call with MIT Press and discussed authentication issues and support for Open Athens. The committee discussed whether lack of support for Open Athens would be a "deal-breaker" for future vendor negotiations. There was no consensus, but authentication methods will continue to be a point of discussion when considering new vendor proposals.

Elizabeth updated the committee on the ebooks crowd-funding initiative and answered questions related to the consortial ebook program.



No product proposals this month


Minutes from the February 26, 2021 meeting were approved.

Meeting Dates

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