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OUP Announces Agreement with ARL and LYRASIS

Oxford University Press (OUP) is pleased to announce it has reached an agreement with the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) and LYRASIS to allow its member libraries to choose a publisher, or discipline, to purchase for 2011, 2012 or 2013 content uploads from Oxford's University Press Scholarship Online (UPSO) platform.  For example,  libraries can choose to purchase everything from Chicago University Press, for instance, or purchase everything on the platform coded as History.

"ARL members have set a strategic goal to influence the scholarly information market through positive collective action and our licensing project is a key part of this effort," noted Charles Lowry, Executive Director, Association of Research Libraries.  "While price is always important, we feel that the principles we developed for the ebook market will enable academic libraries to optimally fulfill their mission in support of research and learning.  I am pleased with the results of the agreement with OUP.  They responded to the principles positively and constructively throughout the negotiation."

OUP will be hosting two webinars (same agenda for both) about this offer and UPSO in general for librarians who wish to learn more about the UPSO platform and peruse content from participating presses.

"The purpose of the agreement is to ensure that users' needs for specific formats, whether print or digital, can be served in a cost-effective, shared means that will be a model of sustainability and cost savings across the libraries," said Rebecca Seger, Director of Institutional Sales for Oxford University Press. "The libraries at all affiliated institutions and OUP will embark on a research project to capture and better understand the print circulation and digital usage across the range of disciplines represented in the program."

"LYRASIS is pleased to have facilitated the special offer for University Press Scholarship Online through the ARL Licensing Initiative. We believe that the ground-breaking work completed as a part of this initiative is contributing to much needed and welcomed changes in how e-books are acquired and used in academic libraries," added Tom Sanville, Senior Director of Licensing and Strategic Partnerships, LYRASIS

The University Press Scholarship Online site hosts collections from 12 publishers, and libraries may purchase collections from specific publishers:

• American University in Cairo Press
• University of California Press
• University of Chicago Press
• University of Edinburgh (UK) Press
• University Press of Florida
• Fordham University Press
• Hong Kong University Press

• University Press of Kentucky
• University of Manchester (UK)
• Oxford University Press
• Policy Press (from the University of Bristol in the UK)

The 2011-2013 collections in this offer include 25 smaller subject collections that may be purchased separately:

Classical Studies
Economics and Finance
Film, Television/Radio

Palliative Care

Political Science
Public Health/Epidemiology
Social Work


About Oxford University Press

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OUP is the world's largest university press with the widest global presence. It currently publishes thousands of new publications a year, has offices in around fifty countries, and employs some 6,000 people worldwide.

It has become familiar to millions through a diverse publishing programme that includes scholarly works in all academic disciplines, bibles, music, school and college textbooks, children's books, materials for teaching English as a foreign language, business books, dictionaries and reference books, and academic journals.