8. mai 2018

Abstracts – plenary

Project DEAL – Germany’s approach to licence agreements with major STM publishers on a publish&read basis

Hildegard Schaeffler – Bavarian State Library in Munich (Germany).

Project DEAL is a German academic initiative which focuses on negotiating nationwide licensing agreements for the entire e-journal portfolio of major academic publishers on a publish&read basis. DEAL was initiated by the Alliance of Science Organisations in Germany, which commissioned the German Rectors’ Conference, supported by a library-based project team, to negotiate on behalf of the universities, universities of applied sciences, research institutes and regional libraries in the country. The DEAL negotiations thus have a clear and broad mandate from the scientific community in Germany. The model which is being negotiated consists of both a publishing and a reading component. All publications by corresponding authors of eligible institutions shall become open access immediately upon publication. At the same time DEAL institutions will obtain perpetual access to the complete e-journal portfolio of the publisher. Pricing is to follow a formula which is solely based on the publication output and calculated with an adequate APC. This PAR (publish&read) model thus has a clear Open Access transformation agenda and is meant to have considerable national and international impact. The current emphasis is on negotiations with the three major STM publishers Elsevier, Springer Nature and Wiley. The paper will focus on DEAL’s mission, structure, strategy and current negotiation status against the broader background of the Open Access agenda at large.

Current position: Head of the Serials, Licensing and Electronic Publishing Department at the Bavarian State Library in Munich, Germany. This position involves responsibility for the local serials and licenced electronic resources collections, the electronic publishing centre and the head office of the Bavarian Licensing Consortium. It also extends to negotiating licences at the national level, including membership in the project and negotiation group of Project DEAL.

Socio-econo-politico-techno-expialidociuos: information literacy in the increasingly automated digital landscape

Bethany Wilkes, Yale-NUS College in Singapore (Singapore), Dianne Cmor, Concordia University (Canada)

Technological developments of recent decades, and particularly in recent years, have had a tremendous impact on information literacy. We are now interacting with a new world of information, information that is not only created, shared, and consumed by individual users, but increasingly by algorithms, artificial intelligence, and other technologies. Information discovery is commodified and driven by companies such as Google and Facebook, which rely on complex mechanisms to prioritize information and to match information with individuals’ online behavior.  In teaching information literacy, librarians examine ways in which information is constructed, evaluated, and valued, but are we truly prepared to analyze and assess information in the increasingly automated digital landscape in our information literacy activities?

While the socioeconomic and political contexts of information are addressed in information literacy education, there is now the need to examine the highly technical aspects of information creation and dissemination as well. It is no longer sufficient to acknowledge some contextual aspects of information, such as socioeconomic, while failing to recognize the tremendous impact of the technologies that underpin the digital information landscape.

This presentation will explore the implications of the increasingly automated digital information landscape on information literacy teaching and learning. It will surface questions such as: What do we need to incorporate into our professional discourse about the mechanisms driving information creation and dissemination? How can librarians engage with this digital landscape in order to truly recognize the various mechanisms at work and use this knowledge to empower users?  Educating ourselves about this increasingly automated environment may be formidable, but understanding it and developing the ability to engage with our users about this environment is a critical responsibility.

Bethany Wilkes is the College Librarian at Yale-NUS College, Singapore, which she joined in July 2017.  She has a particular fondness for islands and has worked in academic libraries in various parts of the world, including the Virgin Islands, Hong Kong, and Alaska. In her current position she works with the Library team and campus partners to connect the College community to high-quality collections, agile and timely services, and engaging spaces in order to further scholarship and curiosity.  She is the Chair of the new IATUL Special Interest Group for the Advancement of Library Services in Emerging Countries.

Dianne Cmor has enjoyed an international career in academic libraries working in Canada, Qatar, Hong Kong, Singapore, and has recently returned to Canada once again.  She is currently Associate University Librarian, Teaching and Learning, at Concordia University in Montreal.  In this position, she is responsible for ensuring the high quality and high impact participation of the Library across the teaching and learning endeavours of the University. She oversees various services, spaces, and cross-unit committees devoted to teaching and learning, user experience, etc., and plays well with other academic and student support units on campus.