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Collaboration with Vendors: Participating in the Process. Adam Chesler American Chemical Society North Carolina Serials Conference April 15-16, 2004. Pre-Alpha Test. Be vocal: don’t be shy about making observations/comments (includes compliments AND criticisms)

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Collaboration with vendors participating in the process

Collaboration with Vendors:Participating in the Process

Adam Chesler

American Chemical Society

North Carolina Serials Conference

April 15-16, 2004


Pre alpha test

Pre-Alpha Test

  • Be vocal: don’t be shy about making observations/comments (includes compliments AND criticisms)

  • Note competitors’ products/services you like/dislike

  • Arrange visits (vendors on campus, at conferences)

  • Leverage your membership organizations or other vendors (eg, sub agent) to get word out about ideas/comments


Alpha beta test

Alpha/Beta Test

  • Alpha stage: specs drawn up, and prototypes developed

    • Make your opinions known early and often

    • Get a head-start on being a beta-tester

  • Beta stage: testing (eg, a dry run)

    • Try out new service/product and supply feedback

    • Not all fun/games: have to spend time learning/using/assessing product

    • Ask for discount on finished product!


Library advisory groups

Library Advisory Groups

  • Many vendors have them

  • Opportunity to take on-going role

    • In product development

    • In organization’s development

  • Will involve meetings and sometimes, travel (at a conference, at vendor’s office)


Community wide groups

Community-wide Groups

  • COUNTER (www.projectcounter.org)

    • Usage statistics

    • ARL, ACRL, ICSTI, NCLIS, STM, AAP/PSP, JISC, ASA, UKSG

  • NISO (www.niso.org)

    • Standards across industry

    • ALA, ASIS&T, ACS, Elsevier, ISI, EBSCO, Gale, ProQuest, OCLC, SIRSI, Infotrieve, Barnes & Noble

  • NFAIS (www.nfais.org)

    • Information aggregators

    • AEA, ATLA, BL, BIOSIS, CAS, HighWire, MMS, NLM, Ovid

  • NASIG (www.nasig.org)

    • library-oriented, but vendors actively participate/join/lead

  • ALA (www.ala.org)

    • Publisher/Vendor-Library Relations Interest Group

      • Joint committee w/ AAP

  • CLIR/PSP

    • Working group identifying shared concerns and leadership strategies


Collaboration examples

Collaboration: Examples

  • Pricing

    • PEAK: Elsevier/University of Michigan, Vanderbilt, etc.

  • Publishing

    • Organic Letters: ACS w/ SPARC

    • BioOne: AIBS, Allen Press, SPARC

    • Project MUSE: JHU Press/Eisenhower Library

  • Standards

    • SISAC: development of EDI initiatives

  • Licensing

    • Faxon’s KLibrary: bibliographic/account management service

  • Distribution

    • Hosting: University of Toronto, OhioLINK, others

  • Archiving

    • LOCKSS: Stanford; numerous publishers

    • Mellon Foundation-based efforts (Yale/Elsevier)


Mutual goals

Mutual Goals

  • Collection and data about users/usage of content

  • Reliable, permanent archive

  • Providing service for readers, authors

  • Development of standards/best practices

  • Healthier, co-operative environment and better products/services


Contact information

Contact Information

Adam Chesler

Assistant Director, Library Relations/Sales

1155 16th Street NW

Washington, DC 20036

(781) 381-2814 or (617) 230-3201

[email protected]


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