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Wednesday, March 17 • 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Why Collaboration in Pursuit of Equity and Mission-Alignment Are the Future of Library/Publisher Work

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Despite the worst budget crisis since 2008, activist libraries and mission-driven publishers are signing more agreements than ever, somehow finding resources and money for collaboration. How is this possible, and why don't the traditional rules of "vendor/library" engagement apply? This fire-side chat with consortia directors representing the largest research institutions in the US and moderated by PLOS will unpack the work and expectations of "activist" libraries. What are their top priorities as negotiators? What are the top priorities of their members and how do they manage them? How has "mission-driven" strategy impacted their approach to negotiating with publishers and other service providers? What positive trends are they seeing from partners and what should libraries be preparing to do when engaging in this kind of work? What are the consequences for libraries and publishers that won't partner this way?



Greg Eow

President, Center for Research Libraries
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Sara Rouhi

Director, Strategic Partnerships, Public Library of Science (PLoS)
Sara Rouhi is the Director of Strategic Partnerships at PLOS focusing on developing new business models for sustainable, inclusive open access publishing. In 2020 she launched PLOS first collective action business model for highly selective publishing, PLOS Community Action Publishing... Read More →
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Maurice York

Director of Library Initiatives, Big Ten Academic Alliance
As the Director of Library Initiatives for the Big Ten Academic Alliance, Maurice is responsible for coordinating collective action at scale amongst the research libraries of the BTAA toward their commitment to realizing an interdependent, networked future. The central initiative... Read More →

Wednesday March 17, 2021 4:00pm - 5:00pm EDT