of the library profession and the scholarly community,” said Jim Neal, Columbia
University, and Chair of the ARL Scholarly Communication Steering Committee.
“It is incumbent upon us to share information about these major contracts we
are signing on behalf of our library users.”
“While research libraries may have in the past tolerated these clauses in
order to achieve a lower cost,” acknowledged Charles B. Lowry, ARL Executive
Director, “the current economic crisis marks a fundamentally different
circumstance in the relationship between libraries, publishers, and other
vendors.” ARL will be establishing a mechanism by which its members can
share information with one another about their agreements.
To cite this article: “ARL Encourages Members to Refrain from Signing
Nondisclosure or Confidentiality Clauses.” Research Library Issues: A Bimonthly
Report from ARL, CNI, and SPARC, no. 264 (June 2009): 1–2.
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