ATG: If Rumors were Horses 3/15/19

by | Mar 15, 2019 | 0 comments

By Katina Strauch


Bernard F. Reilly is President of the Center for Research Libraries. He has written and spoken widely on issues surrounding the integrity and survival of critical documentation and evidence.  Since 2001 he has led the growth and expansion of CRL as an international consortium devoted to supporting advanced research in the humanities, sciences and social sciences. Reilly was previously Director of Research and Access at the Chicago History Museum, where he directed digitization and dissemination of the CHM library, archives, and architecture, audio, television, and photography collections. From 1987 until 1997 he served as Head of the Curatorial Section in the Prints and Photographs Division of the Library of Congress. Just heard that Bernie is retiring at the end of May! Congratulations and Godspeed, Bernie!


We have all been following the dialog/controversies about the University of California/Elsevier deal. Despite many months of negotiations, Elsevier was ultimately unwilling to meet the UC’s key goals: facilitating universal open access to UC research, as stated in the Academic Senate’s principles on scholarly communication, and containing costs for an integrated contract covering both open access article processing charges (APCs) and subscription fees. As a result, the UC will not be signing a new contract with Elsevier at this time. The Academic Senate has also expressed its support for UC’s position with regard to the Elsevier negotiations.


Related — Was interested to see that Kumsal Bayazit has become the first female CEO in Elsevier’s close-to-140-year history. Kumsal Bayazit was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Elsevier in February 2019. She has held multiple positions with RELX Group since 2004, most recently as Regional President Europe, Middle East and Africa at Reed Exhibitions. Before joining Reed Exhibitions in 2016, Kumsal was RELX Group’s Chief Strategy Officer, responsible for driving strategic initiatives, technology strategy and portfolio management. Prior to that she served in several operational and strategic roles with LexisNexis. Kumsal also chairs the Technology Forum at RELX Group and is a non-executive director at LSL Property Services plc. Prior to joining RELX Group in 2004, Kumsal spent several years at Bain & Company in their New York, Los Angeles, Johannesburg and Sydney offices. Kumsal earned an MBA from Harvard Business School and is a graduate of University of California at Berkeley where she received a Bachelor’s degree in Economics with honors.


The London Book Fair has just ended – Olympia, London, 12-14 March — Taking Words Further, Content Across Media. A lot of our colleagues are there. I was interested to see that Doug Armato, Director of the University of Minnesota Press was there along with many other university press directors. At the 32nd Charleston Conference (2012) on the occasion of the 75th anniversary of the Association of American University Presses, Doug Armato of the University of Minnesota Press and Alison Mudditt of the University of California Press (now at PLOS) and Leila Salisbury, Director, University Press of Mississippi, (now at the UniversityPress of Kentucky) spoke about how university presses are meeting today’s challenges and positioning their organizations for increased service and relevance in the digital age. Still very relevant.


LYRASIS and DuraSpace have announced that by July 1, 2019, they will officially merge to create one dynamic organization, empowered to help drive scalable change, new technologies, and vital services. The newly merged organization will be an on-ramp to a worldwide collaborative community of more than 4,000 institutions and nine open source, community-supported technology programs across six continents. In addition, it will build capacity in the scholarly ecosystem through open technologies, services, funding opportunities, expertise, training, and support. They share a common drive to provide end-to-end solutions that reflect the governance, fair pricing, technical road map, and community expectations of their memberships. Erin Tripp, is DuraSpace’s Executive Director and Robert Miller, is CEO of LYRASIS. LYRASIS and DuraSpace have traditionally delivered high-quality content and cultural heritage solutions to their diverse memberships and will continue to do so. All services, programs, purchases and subscriptions through LYRASIS and DuraSpace will continue without interruption. No action needs to be taken at this time by any members to ensure continuity of service.



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