Since releasing NERL’s statement calling for a Better Deal on March 3rd, library colleagues from across the preeminent research institutions comprising NERL have worked to identify the opportunities to advocate for and manifest the five NERL values in consortial negotiations. Those values — Transparency, Sustainability, Equity, Reproducibility, and Flexibility — will be prioritized in our forthcoming deals. The Preferred Deal Elements (PDE) highlighted in the chart below map directly to NERL’s values and will scaffold and support the five major negotiations underway this year, including Elsevier, SpringerNature, Oxford University Press, The Economist/EIU, and CAS. Please note that the Preferred Deal Elements may differ slightly by publisher depending on the type of resources offered. We acknowledge that not all Preferred Deal Elements will be achieved in any single deal. However, we expect that some should be present in most.
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From the Orbis Cascade Alliance
A commitment to open principles and practices is a necessary strategy for fulfilling the Orbis Cascade Alliance’s mission. In order to continue to deliver innovative and sustainable library programs and resources, the Alliance must challenge existing approaches and markets for providing the infrastructure and resources upon which our members depend to deliver library and information services.
Open principles and practices not only support what we aim to do; they also align with who we are. The central tenet of the open movement–sharing knowledge and information for both individual and collective benefit–is also at the core of our identity as an academic library consortium. Whenever possible, we seek to remove barriers to knowledge: teaching, learning, and research and the advances in society, culture, and science that accompany those activities depend on unfettered access to knowledge and information.