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
- Use Data
- Usability and Accessibility
- Vendor Behavior
- Future Directions
About Gary Price
Gary Price (firstname.lastname@example.org) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. He earned his MLIS degree from Wayne State University in Detroit. Price has won several awards including the SLA Innovations in Technology Award and Alumnus of the Year from the Wayne St. University Library and Information Science Program. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com.