Why is it necessary?
Libraries have historically played a crucial role in enabling education, research, and broad access to culture. Yet their ability to deliver this is no longer guaranteed, in the face of changing media and business models.
Nonetheless, many publishers care deeply about the role of libraries in supporting research, education and learning. This Pledge offers a way for them to express their support and commitment to 21st century libraries, so they can provide meaningful preservation and access to ebooks for their readers.
Implementing the principles set out in this Pledge will serve to make eBook markets and the role of libraries sustainable now and in the future and so serves the public interest, complementing efforts to promote open access.
On top of the eBook Pledge, we are providing a draft model supplemental agreement designed to align with the principles of the eBook Pledge and designed to be added to contracts for eBooks. This Model Supplemental Agreement is conceived as an addendum to an existing eBook agreement between institutions (licensees) and publishers. The Supplemental Agreement is designed to be a starting point for institutions looking to augment their licences and contracts to establish more beneficial terms for both publishers and their institutional partners. While some institutions may use the agreement as written, it can be adapted to fit individual needs. While some institutions may use the agreement as written, it can be adapted to fit individual needs.
Without a stable eBook market, we risk libraries no longer being able to fulfill their core societal functions of:
Acquiring any titles they choose
Undertaking collection development
Preserving their collections
Lending their collections to members of the public