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eResources meeting recap

Academic librarians from across Michigan convened at MCLS on Thursday, March 28, for the 2019 Spring eResources Meeting. Held annually, this face-to-face meeting offers librarians subscribing to eResources via MCLS the opportunity to discuss issues and concerns related to eResource subscriptions and to hear from vendors whose resources are up for renewal. During the meeting, vendor representatives from the American Chemical Society, Elsevier, and Oxford University Press shared information about their resources. Multiple questions were raised by librarians, reflecting the changing eResources environment. Questions about pricing and pricing structures topped the list. Libraries are seeking transparency from vendors about price increases, including more explanation regarding what price increases cover. License agreements, open access options, accessibility requirements and eResource management were among the other questions. After lunch, Randy Dykhuis, former MCLS Executive Director, lead a facilitated World Café style discussion asking librarians for feedback on how member libraries can work together more effectively when it comes to group purchasing and licensing. Members were also asked to share how MCLS can support libraries with eResources purchases and what new services are needed. Libraries are looking to MCLS to provide increased communication, to negotiate more firmly with vendors and to continue helping libraries obtain license agreements that put users first, providing accessible access to resources.