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Oxford University Press Announces Collaborative Print & Digital Monograph Acquisition Pilot with Big Ten Academic Alliance

Released on March 20, 2019

New York, NY - Oxford University Press (OUP) announced it is partnering with the Big Ten Academic Alliance (BTAA) to deliver access to scholarly content from the University of Oxford, via the University Press Scholarship Online (UPSO) platform, to students, faculty, and patrons digitally and in print. This is the first collaboration on book content between BTAA and OUP.

This agreement provides participating BTAA members with unlimited access to newly published content from Oxford Scholarship Online (OSO), which is part of the UPSO platform, and includes content beginning in February 2019 in the areas of Classical Studies, History, Linguistics, Literature, and Music.

In addition to DRM-free, unlimited ebook access for institutions, the agreement will provide the participating libraries with a fiscally-viable plan for purchasing one print copy of new scholarly books published on OSO through GOBI Library Solutions, with an aim towards examining best practice for archiving print books moving forward.

"This is a significant agreement for OUP, working with this important group of libraries to find a sustainable way forward for monograph acquisition and access, for libraries, authors, publishers, and users. At a time where there remains demand in print, interest in preservation, and the opportunity to make monographic content much more accessible, we hope that this pilot could help define a replicable model," said Rebecca Seger, Senior Director of Institutional Sales for Oxford University Press.

"The Big Ten Academic Alliance is delighted to be partnering with OUP on this pilot initiative that will increase the depth and breadth of ebook content access across our participating institutions. Our members want to accelerate coordinated strategies for prospective print book acquisitions. We're excited about taking this first step on what we anticipate will be a successful collaborative journey," said Rob Van Rennes, Assistant Director, Library Initiatives of the Big Ten Academic Alliance.

GOBI Library Solutions will provide the collection management, duplication control, and invoicing services for this agreement.

About Big Ten Academic Alliance

Headquartered in the Midwest, the Big Ten Academic Alliance is the nation's preeminent model for effective collaboration among research universities. For more than half a century, these world-class institutions have advanced their academic missions, generated unique opportunities for students and faculty, and served the common good by sharing expertise, leveraging campus resources, and collaborating on innovative programs. Governed and funded by the Provosts of the member universities, Big Ten Academic Alliance mandates are coordinated by a staff from its Champaign, Illinois headquarters.

About Oxford University Press

Oxford University Press is a department of the University of Oxford. It furthers the University's objective of excellence in research, scholarship, and education by publishing worldwide. OUP is the world's largest university press with the widest global presence. It currently publishes more than 6,000 new publications a year, has offices in fifty countries, and employs more than 5,400 people worldwide. It has become familiar to millions through a diverse publishing program 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.

About GOBI Library Solutions

GOBI Library Solutions from EBSCO provides acquisition, collection development, and technical services to academic and research libraries around the world. For more than 40 years, it has partnered with libraries, developing solutions that make getting the right books easy and efficient.

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