Oxford University Press and Two Research Library Organizations Announce eBook Deal
Oxford University Press (OUP) has struck a deal with the Manhattan Research Library Initiative (MaRLI) and the Triangle Research Libraries Network (TRLN) that will deliver monograph content via its University Press Scholarship Online (UPSO) e-book program as well as a “shared collection” of print copies of all 2012 published scholarly works. Under the program, the affiliated institutions will have unlimited use and access to all new content added to UPSO in 2012, along with “a fiscally-viable plan” for purchasing one print copy of new scholarly books produced by the participating presses, through Yankee Book Peddler.
The agreement with OUP offers “a welcome opportunity to experiment,” added Sarah Michalak, university librarian and associate rovost at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and chair of the TRLN executive committee, who said the program builds on the principles discussed at the August, 2011, Beyond Print Summit, which explored “a dual electronic-plus-print environment” for the academic community.
This access agreement is one of the first of its kind to allow shared e-book access among cooperating libraries. Another noteworthy aspect is that the ebooks will be fully available to all Duke alumni. Most ebooks in the Libraries’ collection are not accessible to alumni, due to copyright and licensing restrictions. But the new arrangement expands the Libraries’ offerings to Duke graduates.
At this point, Duke U. is the only TRLN member providing access to alumni. It’s possible for more schools to add this service in the future.
Update (10/3/12): From UNC Libraries:
In addition, the UNC Libraries negotiated a related agreement with OUP for a backfile of 7,050 e-books with titles in a wide range of disciplines, including the humanities and social sciences, physical and life sciences, medicine, and law.
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