Happy Friday!

It’s been an intense week here, with dead week and everyone indoors:  but it’s been wonderful to finally get some rain.

1. Working on:  This week the COLD Executive Committee has been working to provide guidance to the CSU libraries on our negotiations for one of our “big deals” with a major journal publisher.  We’ve been watching some interesting developments at other universities (U of Montreal, Brock University, the Dutch research universities.   As one of the universities explained, “We have reached the breaking point.  Libraries can no longer bear the annual inflation of the periodicals charged by the publishers.”  (U of Montreal, 2013).  COLD Exec and EAR will be helping to prepare for communications with our campuses and colleagues if we find we’re unable to come to an agreement as a system with this publisher.

2.  Excited about:  What we’ve got planned in the new year: a team is organizing now to facilitate the library’s strategic planning process that will kick off in winter quarter, with a visit on Jan 13-14 by Bryan Alexander, the ‘futurist’ who worked with COLD at our retreat last June.  That same week, the library will be hosting the Retired Faculty and Staff Association, January 16 from 2-4 pm. This is a first for us –  we have a great program planned that will showcase the exciting ways technology, scholarship, and learning are coming together.

3.  Thinking about: The dizzying new relationships possible between the marketplace of ideas and the marketplace of cash.  Two items in particular got me thinking:  BitLit, which offers “customers discounted ebook versions of titles they already own in print,”  and Yahoo’s announcement of their plan to resell Creative Commons licensed Flickr images. In the holiday spirit, one blogger writes:  “giving the gift of knowledge is worth more than money.”

Next Mon-Thurs I’ll be in Washington DC for the “fall” membership meeting of the Coalition for Networked Information (CNI), but will be back next Friday.

Have a great weekend,