Information Access Seminar

Two Talks: The Elsevier Agreement and Stewardship of the Cultural Record

Friday, April 16, 2021
3:10 pm to 5:00 pm PDT
Clifford Lynch & Ivy Anderson

Part 1: Stewardship of the Cultural Record: Recent Case Studies in “Cancellation”
Clifford Lynch

3:10 – 4:00

There has been a lot of press recently about the announcement that several Dr. Seuss books are being withdrawn from sale. This situation has been widely mis-represented. Further, the impact of the situation from a stewardship perspective is very limited, because we are dealing with physical books. Possibly more telling harbingers have been developments around libraries of historical films on various streaming services in recent months, where we can see genuine dangers emerging. In this short conversation and discussion during the first 50 minutes of seminar, I will try to briefly describe what is actually happened and suggest an analysis for discussion.

Part 2: The Elsevier Open Access Agreement
Ivy Anderson

4:00 – 5:00

Ivy Anderson of the California Digital Library discusses the University of California’s new open access agreement with Elsevier.

More information: UC secures landmark open access deal with world’s largest scientific publisher.

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Clifford Lynch is the director of the Coalition for Networked Information (CNI) and an adjunct professor at the School of Information. Prior to joining CNI in 1997, Lynch spent eighteen years at the University of California Office of the President, the last ten as director of Library Automation. Lynch is a past president of ASIS&T and a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the National Information Standards Organization.

Ivy Anderson is the director of collection development and management at the University of California’s California Digital Library.

Ivy oversees a broad range of shared collections activities on behalf of CDL and the ten UC campus libraries, with a goal of building world class shared collections available to all University of California students and faculty. CDL units under her leadership include Licensed Content (with staff based in Oakland and UC San Diego), which organizes and manages more than $40 million in systemwide licensed resource expenditures annually; Mass Digitization, which coordinates large scale digitization partnerships with external partners such as Google and the Internet Archive as well as UC’s participation in HathiTrust; and Shared Print, which facilitates the development of shared physical collections across the university and with extramural partners. Ivy also oversees the Shared Cataloging Program based at UC San Diego.

Before coming to the CDL in December 2005, Ivy was program manager for e-resource management and licensing at the Harvard University Library, where she developed and managed a shared licensing program on behalf of Harvard’s many libraries. Prior to 1998, she held numerous positions at the Brandeis University Libraries. Her career has encompassed some of the earliest developments in online library catalogs and systems, the development of standards for electronic resource management (including as a member and co-author of the Digital Library Federation’s Electronic Resource Management Initiative), the development of library licensing principles and standards, and support for transformation in scholarly communication.

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Clifford Lynch
Clifford Lynch (photo courtesy University of Texas Libraries)
Ivy Anderson
Ivy Anderson


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April 5, 2021