Commercial Products Committee Meeting: November 12, 2021


Members Attending: Neil Das (Southern Illinois University Edwardsville), Michele Hunt (Northern Illinois University), Sarah Johnson (Eastern Illinois University), Edith List (Principia College), Marie Martino (Moraine Valley Community College), Mary Tatro (Augustana College), Amanda Wiesenhofer (Lincoln Land Community College)

Members Absent: Jessica Harris (University of Chicago), Megan Ruenz (Wheaton College)

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

CARLI Board Liaison Member Present: Matt Ostercamp


CARLI Updates

  • The CY22 Selection System closed on November 5. Jenny and Nicole have taken a preliminary look at selections, which are similar to last year. The biggest decreases came from community colleges
  • The CARLI Annual Meeting took place Wednesday, November 10.
  • Licensing update: CARLI is still in early talks with MLA about MLA Handbook Plus. Negotiations will continue once the CY22 selection cycle is wrapped up.
  • Elizabeth provided an update on the consortial ebook program:
    • A new ebook site is up on the CARLI website and is still under development
    • Records are in I-Share for the Wiley and Oxford titles that are part of the current program. For libraries not in I-Share, records will be available in OCLC Collection Manager. Announcements about this will go out next week.
    • For Wiley titles (including e-textbooks) selected for perpetual purchase by libraries, these have been accepted, and CARLI is waiting for the invoice. The list of Oxford titles chosen for perpetual purchase is being tweaked a bit.  Back in March, some ebooks scheduled to be released in April-June 2021 were selected for purchase based on content, since no usage was available for them yet. Because publication dates for some of these titles were pushed ahead until next year, CARLI needs to identify replacement titles to purchase instead.
    • CARLI staff met with Oxford and Wiley to look at a possible Year 3 of a crowdfunding program, with the goal of sending information out to members before the new year.



There were no product proposals to review this month.

Annual project

  • The committee reviewed, edited, and finalized the call for proposals drafted by Michele and Marie.
  • The committee decided to use a Google Form to solicit proposals
  • The committee decided to call the event a "forum," with 30-minute sessions and presentations of 15-20 minutes to allow time for questions
  • The committee decided on a date for the event and timeline for sending out the call for proposals.


  • Minutes from the October 8 meeting were approved.
  • The Accessibility in Libraries Forum will take place on Wednesday, April 6, and 10 am via Zoom.
  • The call for proposals will be sent out January 18, with a proposal submission deadline of February 14. Proposals will be reviewed at the February 18 CPC meeting, with notifications being sent the week of February 21.

Tasks Assigned

  • Marie will create a Google Form to collect submissions, to be reviewed at the next meeting.

Meeting Dates

Next Meeting: Friday, December 10, 2021, 1-2 p.m via Zoom.