IEL license negotiations deadlocked – access to the database at risk

The Oulu University Library has held a license to the IEEE’s electrical engineering and computer science database IEL since 1999. The license has been acquired via the FinELib-consortium. The license grants access to the materials included in the database to our university community under the negotiated terms. The current agreement expires at the end of this year.

Negotiations to renew the consortium contract have been ongoing this fall. Unfortunately the publisher (IEEE) made a consortium offer that was unrealistic and overpriced. The offer was unacceptable to the FinELib-consortium. 

The publisher refuses to make a revised offer to the consortium. Instead the publisher demands that the university’s library negotiates its own contract. The publisher has stated that if the library refuses to do this the publisher will begin to contact researchers to discuss individual solutions with them.

The direct contract offer the publisher has made to the library contains terms (e.g. permitted uses) that are far less favorable to the library customers than those in the current consortium agreement.

The library continues to want to provide the best possible service to its customers who need the IEL-database. The library as part of the consortium will make every effort to persuade the publisher back to the negotiating table. The library demands that the publisher must offer both reasonable pricing and acceptable contract terms via the FinELib-consortium. It’s obvious that together the consortium members are a stronger negotiating partner to the publisher than each library or researcher alone.

More about the IEL-situation at the FinELib-website: http://finelib.fi/iel-negotiations-at-a-standstill/

More information also from the library: elele@oulu.fi

Last updated: 4.12.2017