January 7, 2013
AALL's Vendor Liaison Announces Goals for 2013
Goals include "work[ing] with our current vendor partners to secure their commitment to support the principles outlined in the Guide to Fair Business Practices for Legal Publishers" (emphasis added; see Not Yet There) and "advocat[ing] for transparent and library-friendly policies and pricing structures for e-books" (emphasis added; what about rank-and-file members discussing and advocating "pricing structures" by way of official AALL web community rules?).
Plus one additional self-determined AALL employee or AALL E-Board -- but not necessarily rank-and-file defined -- goal is presenting a final draft of the Vendor Relations Policy at the spring 2013 Executive Board meeting for adoption after soliciting comments from AALL members and "our current vendor partners". My hunch is AALL officials would like to either sweep the entire "antitrustism" policy fiasco under the rug or it will reappear in the form of a "vendor relations policy" statement. For more, see the January 2013 Vendor Liaison Update. [JH]