January 22, 2022

University of North Texas Libraries Manifesto: “Expectations for Vendors of Library Collections”

The University of North Texas Libraries “Expectations for Vendors” manifesto was released in February 2018 and posted to the University of North Texas Digital Library. It was written by Laurel Crawford an, Allyson Rodriguez.

From the Manifesto’s Introduction:

As academic libraries supporting research at our institutions, we strive to practice excellent stewardship of funding for library materials. Valuing innovation in our work, we continually improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the services we provide to our patrons and communities. Our goal in writing this manifesto is to increase transparency and to communicate to stakeholders and vendors the challenges we face as a participant in the scholarly communications ecosystem.

We support the following principles in providing access to all materials, whether purchased, licensed, or open-access. We will conduct business only with those vendors who adhere to the following requirements (“must” statements highlighted in the gray box in each section), and we will favor those who meet our preferred standards (“should” statements bulleted below the grey box in each section).

The manifesto is organized into the following sections:

  • Acquisition Models
  • Contracts
  • Use Data
  • Pricing
  • Usability and Accessibility
  • Vendor Behavior
  • Privacy
  • Future Directions

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