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The INASP Principles in practice: relationships between library consortia and publishers
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At INASP we are committed to sustainability in all the work that we do, be it working with researchers to improve their research-writing skills, working with policymakers to build their skills to handle evidence in policy making or working with library consortia to manage access to research literature on a national level. As a part of INASP’s work with library consortia we encourage and help to build up direct relationships between our partner consortia and publishers in order to ensure long-term access to research literature. Over the next few years we will be scaling up our work to build and strengthen direct relationships between publishers and some of our more mature partner consortia. We believe that this is the right time in several partner countries to explore new ways of working. We are seeing consortia partners become increasingly ready to pick up direct relationships with publishers, despite budgets still being … Continue reading

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Publishers for Development: principles, partnerships, responsible business
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The Publishers for Development conference is an opportunity help shape the discussions about information access, information equality and how this can help developing-world research make a difference to developing-world problems. Anne Powell shares some topics that we will be discussing next week. Continue reading

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Understanding the country context: why it is important
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Abdullah Shams Bin Tariq from Bangladesh urges publishers to take advice from organizations such as INASP in understanding country context and to follow #inaspPrinciples When INASP wrote its Principles of Responsible Engagement for publishers working with developing countries, as the first principle, it urged publishers to make an effort to understand country contexts. Publishers generally have a price-list and licence that applies across all or most developed countries. It is therefore perhaps natural for them to ask: Why should one insist on considering individual country contexts for developing countries? And, if it is to be considered – how can it be done with so many countries? In developed countries, standards exist and institutions have the ability to conform. The libraries will have a budget and may or may not purchase, depending on competing needs and available budget. On the other hand, in developing countries, apart from a handful of institutions … Continue reading

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Why collaborating in the research sector is mutually beneficial for consortia, publishers and donors
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As Research Uptake Manager in the Evidence into Action team at the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID), Ed Barney manages INASP funding on behalf of DFID. In this guest post, he reflects on the recent Publishers for Development conference. I was lucky enough to make it along to the 7th annual Publishers for Development conference (PfD, #pfd2015), which took place in London on Tuesday 30th June. The event brought together a wide range of publishers, library consortia, NGOs, donors and academics into one room to address the question of how publishers can engage with developing countries in a responsible manner. As a relative newbie to work in this area there were a number of things that struck me during the day, which I’ve attempted to summarize below. The morning sessions were used to build a picture of the range of contextual issues that library consortia experience in developing countries. These … Continue reading

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From Principles to Practice: Conference gets library consortia and publishers working together
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A guest post by Teresa Hanley, Facilitator at Publishers for Development, Independent Consultant (thanley@gmail.com) I was pleased to be asked by INASP and the Association of Commonwealth Universities to facilitate the 7th Publishers for Development (PfD) meeting which took place on 30th June in London on one of the hottest days of the year so far. I had heard of PfD as a fledgling group while evaluating an INASP programme about five years ago. It was striking, then, to now find such an established group with excellent camaraderie and, working relations, very focused on how to work responsibly in developing countries. Discussions focused on the five principles developed by INASP which include understanding country context, respecting a country’s wish to work as a consortium, not making sudden changes, thinking long-term, and being realistic about sales.  The principles aim to support publishers working in developing countries to balance their commercial aims … Continue reading

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#inaspPrinciples for publishers 4 & 5: Pricing and sales, be realistic and predictable
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Principle #4 Think medium to long term on pricing Principle #5: Be realistic about sales expectations – where increases are needed, make these affordable, incremental and predictable In the last few posts we’ve covered a range of issues: varying levels of infrastructure; the day-to-day challenges of getting things done; the importance of working through the consortia that countries are striving to develop. We deliberately started with these issues because they’re the all-too-important context that can get lost in conversations that begin with price. But of course price matters, and it’s one of the biggest concerns for INASP’s partners, particularly as some begin to take on the negotiating role that INASP has played for many years. Our final two principles both tackle the finances so we’re grouping them together in this post. Competing for limited funding As we discussed in Principle 1, research and higher education are growing in many of … Continue reading

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