ACRL-SPARC Forum at ALA Midwinter Meeting on Negotiating Journal Packages

ACRL and SPARC once again offer their popular forum on scholarly communications as part of the ALA Midwinter Meeting in Philadelphia. The forum, focusing on negotiating journal packages, will be held from
3:00-4:30 p.m. on Saturday, January 25, 2020, at the Pennsylvania Convention Center, Room 122-A.

Speakers will focus on the work and strategic planning that needs to happen before a big deal or journal package negotiation in order to negotiate more aggressively or consider walking away altogether. Featuring organizations at various stages of experience—from those that have completed a cancellation to those that are preparing to begin negotiations—the discussion will also address how to align negotiation strategy with the broader goal of supporting a transition to a system for research communication that is open by default.

This session will be a moderated discussion, and active participation by those in the audience will be encouraged throughout the discussion. The speakers are:

  • Gale Etschmaier, Dean of University Libraries, Florida State University
  • Brandon Butler, Director, Information Policy, University of Virginia
  • Robin Sinn, Coordinator, Office of Scholarly Communication, Johns Hopkins University