e-bOOk licensing and ReseaRch libRaRies—negOtiating pRinciples and pRice in an eMeRging MaRket
SEPTEMBER 2012 RESEARCH LIBRARY ISSUES: A QUARTERLY REPORT FROM ARL, CNI, AND SPARC
Expressions of these and other values can be found in the following examples of research library
Duke University Libraries. “E-Book Advocacy Statements.” Accessed Apr. 11, 2013.
Duke University Libraries E-Book Strategy Committee. “Every Reader Her or His Book: An
E-Book Advocacy Statement from the Duke University Libraries.” Aug. 24, 2011.
North Carolina State University Libraries. “NCSU Libraries Value Statement for the Scholarly
Ebook Marketplace.” Accessed Apr. 11, 2013. http://www.lib.ncsu.edu/cdsc/ebooks/.
Triangle Research Libraries Network. “TRLN: Beyond Print.” Last modified Nov. 14, 2012.
University of California, Los Angeles, Library. “UCLA Library E-Book Value Statement.” June
1 The Task Force to Identify Actions for ARL in the Licensing Environment was established
in October 2010 with co-chairs Brinley Franklin (Connecticut) and Michael Ridley (Guelph).
Members included Paul Courant (Michigan), Carol Diedrichs (Ohio State), Carole Moore (Toronto),
and Michael Stoller (New York). The ARL Board accepted their resulting white paper and
recommendations for action in February 2011.
2 The Task Force on Licensing E-Book Packages included Helen Clarke (consultant), Janice Flug
(consultant), Brinley Franklin (Connecticut), Mary Jo Romaniuk (Alberta), and Michael Stoller (New
York). This task force prepared the agent RFP and evaluation requirements and license principles,
which were approved by the ARL Board. Julia Blixrud and Charles B. Lowry provided staff support
for both task forces.
3 “ARL E-Book Requirements,” 2012, http://www.arl.org/storage/documents/publications/arl-e-
4 “ARL and LYRASIS Sign Agreement for Licensing Initiative,” Julia
Blixrud and Celeste Feather, Nov. 29, 2011, http://www.arl.org/news/
5 “Publications,” W3C Web Accessibility Initiative, Web Content Accessibility Guidelines Working
Group, last updated Dec. 19, 2012, http://www.w3.org/WAI/GL/#Pubs.