Commercial Products Committee Meeting: August 3, 2022


Members Attending: Amy Fry (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign), Jessica Harris (University of Chicago), Michele Hunt (Northern Illinois University), Marie Martino (Moraine Valley Community College), Mary Tatro (Augustana College), Amanda Wiesenhofer (Lincoln Land Community College)

CARLI Staff Attending:  Jenny Taylor, Nicole Ream-Sotomayor

Members Absent: Sarah Johnson (Eastern Illinois University), Thane Montaner (Prairie State College)


CARLI Updates

  • CARLI staff is continuing to work remotely and is giving up its current office space at the Trade Center building. CARLI will maintain a small footprint at the Illinois Heartland Library System building in Champaign, but all staff will be fully remote
  • CARLI has 2 new staff members! Marisa Tolbert began August 1 and will be working with the e-resources brokering program and Alma. Martin Kong will begin August 16 and will be working in user services.
  • CARLI has an opening for a Senior Library Application Coordinator, which is currently posted on the Illinois Jobs website
  • Jenny gave a brief update on CARLI’s ebook program



There were no product proposals this month.

Other topics

  • The committee made introductions
  • Jenny gave an overview of the charge of the Commercial Products Committee and discussed its importance in advising CARLI staff when considering vendors to include in the e-resource brokering program
  • E-Resources survey – CARLI occasionally sends a survey to the e-resource liaisons to ask which vendors/products members would like CARLI to work with. The last survey was done before the pandemic, and Jenny would like to send out a new one this fall. The committee consensus was that October would be a good time to send the survey.
  • The committee began discussing ideas for an annual project. Marie brought up the topic of managing Open Access resources. There was general agreement that there were various topics related to Open Access that could be worked on, including issues of management, getting buy-in from faculty on issues surrounding OER, and pursuing read/publish agreements with publishers. The committee will continue the discussion at the September meeting.


  • Future meetings will be on the 2nd Thursday of the month, at 10 a.m., via Zoom
  • Meeting minutes will rotate alphabetically; Amy will cover minutes for the September meeting
  • The meeting was adjourned at 2:50 p.m.

Tasks Assigned

  • CARLI staff will set up meetings for the year 

Meeting Dates

  • Next Meeting: Thursday, September 8, 10 a.m. via Zoom
  • Schedule of upcoming meetings:
    • Thursday, October 13
    • Thursday, November 10