RLI 282 The State of Large-Publisher Bundles in 2012 19 RESEARCH LIBRARY ISSUES: A REPORT FROM ARL, CNI, AND SPARC 2013 trending toward a growing disconnect. Consortial licensing offers continuing benefits to institutions, but less and less often that benefit seems to be including access to a larger body of content. The licenses that are signed by the libraries or the consortia that represent them need stronger language in the clauses that are important to the research library community. The ability to use the content in new ways, the importance of sharing information between and among researchers and institutions, and the expectation that content will be available in the future all require diligent examination of and development of clauses that meet those needs. Especially important will be the emphasis on moving away from nondisclosure clauses to better position research libraries to negotiate license terms and prices individually or with their consortia more effectively. The authors acknowledge the value of the time taken by respondents to answer the survey and thank them for their willingness to share information about their contracts. Endnotes 1 The author published formerly under the name Karla Hahn and conducted an earlier journal- bundle study for ARL cited in this report. 2 Mary M. Case, “A Snapshot in Time: ARL Libraries and Electronic Journal Resources,” ARL: A Bimonthly Report on Research Library Issues & Actions, no. 235 (Aug. 2004): 1–10, http://www.arl.org/ storage/documents/publications/arl-br-235.pdf. 3 Karla L. Hahn, “The State of the Large Publisher Bundle: Findings from an ARL Member Survey,” ARL: A Bimonthly Report on Research Library Issues & Actions, no. 245 (Apr. 2006): 1–6, http://www.arl. org/storage/documents/publications/arl-br-245.pdf. 4 In the 2012 survey, 81 ARL member libraries responded, describing licenses and providing related information. 5 Charles B. Lowry, “Year 2 of the ‘Great Recession’: Surviving the Present by Building the Future,” Journal of Library Administration 51, no. 1 (2010): 37–53 and see Karla L. Hahn, “ARL Statement to Scholarly Publishers on the Global Economic Crisis,” Research Library Issues: A Bimonthly Report from ARL, CNI, and SPARC, no. 262 (Feb. 2009): 6–11, http://publications.arl.org/rli262/7. 6 Mary M. Case, “A Snapshot in Time.” 7 Charles B. Lowry, “Year 2 of the ‘Great Recession.’” 8 Mary M. Case, “A Snapshot in Time.” 9 “Elsevier Motion to Block License Release Denied in Open-Records Decision,” ARL news item, June 23, 2009, http://www.arl.org/news/arl-news/2421-elsevier-motion-to-block-license-release-denied.
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