Electronic Resources Working Group

CARLI Staff Liaison: Mary Burkee
CARLI Staff Liaison: Cindy Clennon

Body to which the group reports: Governance Board

This committee was discharged June 30, 2013.

Scope of work:
The CARLI Electronic Resources Working Group advises the CARLI staff and the CARLI Board, and discusses possible new purchases and renewals of electronic resources, both those proposed by vendors and those suggested by member libraries. The ERWG identifies opportunities for reducing costs to members through the negotiation of brokered resources and develops policies and principles for those negotiations. The ERWG serves as a clearinghouse of proposal and licensing information, recommending and advising CARLI on the manner in which such information is to be shared with the membership. The ERWG facilitates and encourages the use of statistical information about electronic resources, especially in the consideration of new or renewal subscriptions. The ERWG collaborates with other CARLI groups for discussion of common issues and challenges and to facilitate program planning to address these.

Member appointment and terms:
Members are appointed for 3-year terms beginning on July 1. A rotation system has been established for the expiring terms whereby approximately one third of the committee membership is appointed each year. 

Expected reporting frequency:
The committee chair will submit a written report of committee’s activities to the CARLI Board at the end of the fiscal year. Additional updates on activities may be requested by the CARLI Board throughout the year.

The chairs of the Collections Working Group, the E-Resources Working Group, the Preservation Working Group and the Public Services Working Group will meet, at least twice a year, to share what their groups are discussing, in order to reduce duplicative efforts and identify opportunities for collaboration.

Tasks required on completion of work:
Decisions about brokered electronic resources are the purview of the ERWG.  Recommendations for new or enhanced CARLI products, services and programs that require central funding or subsidization should be sent to the CARLI Products & Services Vetting Committee or the CARLI Program Planning Committee. The Chair will forward other documents dealing with staffing, policy, and budget issues to the CARLI Board for review and approval.