Commercial Products Committee Meeting: April 22, 2022


Members Attending: Jessica Harris (University of Chicago), Sarah Johnson (Eastern Illinois University), Edith List (Principia College), Marie Martino (Moraine Valley Community College), Megan Ruenz (Wheaton College), Mary Tatro (Augustana College), Amanda Wiesenhofer (Lincoln Land Community College)

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

Members Absent: Michele Hunt (Northern Illinois University)


CARLI Updates

  • Jenny reported that the selection system is open for FY23 selections, and that Gale pricing will be available in the system soon. CARLI granted Gale an extension on pricing this year because of the new contract.
  • In an effort to ensure equitable pricing for member libraries, CARLI staff will review FTE-based pricing and pricing tiers when renewing vendors' contracts in the future.
  • CARLI now has an open call for volunteers, and CARLI encourages participation from employees at member libraries. Various committees are seeking new members.
    • The Commercial Products Committee will lose three members when the current term ends in June and will need new members. Employees at member libraries may serve two consecutive terms, then must roll off the committee for a year. Members will expiring terms need to submit a new volunteer form if they'd like to continue serving.
    • CPC will be looking for a new chair for FY23; interested committee members should e-mail Jenny to express an interest.
  • Elizabeth reports that the contract for the consortial Oxford ebook program has been signed! CARLI members will have access to ebooks from July 1, 2022 - June 30, 2023 within the nine subject areas we currently enjoy, and to ebooks available online from 2018 through March 2023. The contract with Wiley is still in the works.
  • Denise announced that the Instruction Committee will host the 10th Annual Instruction Showcase on May 20th. The event will occur online over Zoom; registration is required and is currently available on the CARLI website.
  • Upcoming CARLI events are on the CARLI calendar



There were no product proposals this month.

Annual project

  • The committee discussed the forum held on April 6th and agreed that the event was a success! The event was well attended, and participants were engaged throughout. Other CARLI groups and committees, as well as groups at member institutions, have been very complimentary. The committee agreed that the excellent reception and high levels of participation indicate that the topic is an area of great interest to member libraries and institutions.

Other topics

  • The committee needs to create an annual report that documents the committee roster, actions, activities, and projects during FY22. Marie volunteered to draft the report and Megan will assist if needed. The committee will review the draft report at the next committee meeting.
  • The committee discussed the CARLI committee volunteer opportunities and the importance of volunteers. Employees at member institutions libraries, including paraprofessionals, can volunteer, as long as employees have working knowledge of the areas related to the particular committee.


  • Minutes from the March meeting were approved.

Tasks Assigned

  • Marie will draft the committee annual report, to be discussed at the next meeting.

Meeting Dates

Next Meeting: Friday, May 22, from 1:00-2:00 p.m. via Zoom.