Thursday, July 09, 2015

CFP: Speak Up!--Communication between Academic Librarians and Scholarly Publishers (Against the Grain)

Call for Papers:  Speak Up!--Communication between Academic Librarians and Scholarly Publishers

I invite you to submit brief abstracts (1-2 paragraphs) prior to September 4th, 2015 for the December/January 2015/2016 issue of Against the Grain (

We are interested in a variety of perspectives and combinations of perspectives.  Distributors, publishers, vendors, consultants, library patrons, and library workers are encouraged to send your ideas to

We’re particularly interested in:

  • Best (or worst) practices from the library side and from the scholarly publisher/vendor/provider side.  What works and what doesn’t?  How did you arrive at these realizations?
  • How do libraries take advantage of fruitful publisher relationships to negotiate for better pricing/license terms/etc.?
  • How relationships between libraries and publishers have evolved as a result of models like evidence-based acquisition, demand-driven acquisition, “big deal” packages, pay-per-view, etc.
  • How librarians have adopted concrete policies or even created specific positions in the library to deal with publisher communications.
  • How consortia handle publisher communications.
  • Perspectives on the future of library/publisher communications and how we can improve even further.

Erin Gallagher
Electronic Resources & Serials Librarian
Olin Library
Rollins College
Winter Park, FL 32789