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Open Negotiation Education for Academic Libraries (ONEAL)

This guide provides information for the ONEAL project.

Access the Curriculum!

The Foundations Module and Issues: Accessibility lesson will be available in April 2024. Check back soon!

Join the Community!

The key thing we heard repeatedly when designing the curriculum was the need for community to support negotiation. We have created a moderated Discord for academic library workers. 

Foundations Curriculum Virtual Roadshow

Are you interested in having someone from the ONEAL Project come speak to your group?

We'd be happy to join your meeting virtually and speak about the project, the curriculum, and answer questions around negotiations. Email the project director (Katharine Macy to schedule the talk.

What is the ONEAL Project?

The Open Negotiation Education for Academic Libraries (ONEAL) project is a collaboration between Indiana University Purdue University - Indianapolis, Grand Valley State University, and Belmont University to develop curricula and open educational resources to support teaching negotiation education within academic libraries and in Master of Library Science (MLS/MLIS) programs. These educational resources will teach negotiation theory and strategy using academic library context of negotiating third-party content provider agreements. 

The curriculum developed will raise the capacity and skill of academic librarians to plan and execute negotiations for electronic resources with third party vendors moving libraries toward sustainability as well as improving access to resources for patrons. While targeted toward academic libraries licensing resources for research, teaching, and learning, the materials created also have the potential to benefit all library sectors (academic, public, school, and special) at the national and potentially global levels. Library science programs will have access to the OER, addressing an issue of strategic importance around maintaining collections.

Partnership with SPARC

The project is partnering with SPARC who is currently developing a website focused on supporting negotiations in academic libraries through their Negotiation Community of Practice. While the OER developed by ONEAL will reside in institutional repositories, The Negotiation Community of Practice website will offer a convenient access to the materials. This partnership is strategic and will provide synergy for both parties; the community that SPARC supports has indicated an interest in developing negotiation skills, meanwhile the current community of practice provides opportunities for connection, programming, and resources for academic librarians undergoing negotiations. The website will provide a portal where academic librarians negotiating for resources can develop skills, learn techniques and strategies to build stakeholder support, and keep up to date with vendor and collection issues and trends. The content developed in the project will be maintained on the website for a minimum period of 5 years beyond the end of the grant performance period. However, by aligning with the community of practice, there is the potential to create new community driven content reflecting up-to-date issues to supplement the originally created material ensuring relevance. 

Project Funders

This project is funded through an IMLS Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian grant.