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[BOAI] Fwd: Change to the EThOS Membership business model

From: Peter Suber <peter.suber AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 21 May 2013 21:01:39 -0400


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[Forwarding from Neil Jacobs, via the JISC Repositories list.  --Peter
Suber.]


 Perhaps of interest mainly to UK, but not necessarily.  Please see below.
EThOS is the UK open access thesis service, harvesting from UK
institutional repositories.  EThOS will remain an open access service run
by the BL, but now UK universities will not have to subscribe to have their
theses included.  EThOS has been developed with support from Jisc and in
partnership with university libraries, the BL and others.****


Best wishes****

Neil****

** **
 ------------------------------

*From:* Gould, Sara
*Sent:* 20 May 2013 14:39
*To:* Gould, Sara
*Subject:* Announcing a change to the EThOS Membership business model****

Dear colleague ****

 ****

We are pleased to announce a change to the current subscription-based
business model for EThOS, the E-Theses Online Service.****

 ****

The most immediate effect of the changed model is the removal of the annual
EThOS membership subscriptions for participating institutions. The change
will take effect on 1 August 2013, and there will
therefore be no membership subscriptions due for this coming academic year.=
*
***

 ****

In all other respects, the EThOS service will continue as normal.****

 ****

The change will see EThOS move from its current subscription-based model to
become a permanent service delivered and funded by the British Library.****

 ****

*Summary of changes*****

This exciting development introduces these simple changes:****

 ****

   - Removes the annual subscription fee for all institutions ****
   - Simplifies the business model by removing the two-tier
   membership structure ****
   - Changes the EThOS governance model to bring it in line with all
   regular British Library services while preserving the
   collaborative nature of EThOS through continuation of an advisory
   board representing constituent interests of UK HE research. ****

* *****

*Benefits*****

We believe that the change will deliver the following immediate benefits:**=
*
*

 ****

   - A cost saving for institutions of up to =A32000 in annual subscription=
s
   and up to =A3164,000 in total for UK Higher Education ****
   - It will enable the British Library team to focus on delivery of the
   EThOS service itself rather than on implementation of subscription
   membership ****
   - Delivery of a single, simplified service to meet the needs of all
   researchers and institutions ****
   - A stable future for EThOS that does not depend on subscription income =
*
   ***
   - Ongoing delivery and development of the EThOS service with continuous
   improvement in quality and depth of service provision. ****

* *****

*Next steps*****

We will share further information about this change over the next few weeks
and months, including a revised MOU between institutions and the British
Library to replace the current contractual Membership Agreement. This will
be a simple document that will allow you to review and agree key features,
principles and mutual obligations enabling the continuation of EThOS.****

  ****

Finally, we would like to reiterate that EThOS continues to operate as
usual - the on-going service is not impacted by this change. We welcome
your comments and feedback, and look forward to hearing from you.  ****

 ****

With very best wishes****

 ****

Sara****

 ****

Sara Gould****

EThOS Service Manager****

The British Library****

Boston Spa****

LS23 7BQ****

 ****

T: 01937 546123****

M: 07768467929****

sara.gould AT bl.uk****

http://ethos.bl.uk ****

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<div dir=3D"ltr"><div class=3D"gmail_default" 
style=3D"font-family:&#39;tre=
buchet ms&#39;,sans-serif;font-size:small">[Forwarding from Neil 
Jacobs, vi=
a the JISC Repositories list. =A0--Peter Suber.]</div><br><div 
class=3D"gma=
il_quote">

<br>





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vlink=3D"purple">
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<p class=3D"MsoNormal"><span lang=3D"EN-US" 
style=3D"color:#1d1b11">Perhaps=
 of interest mainly to UK, but not necessarily.=A0 Please see below.=A0 ETh=
OS is the UK open access thesis service, harvesting from UK institutional r=
epositories.=A0 EThOS will remain an open access
 service run by the BL, but now UK universities will not have to subscribe =
to have their theses included.=A0 EThOS has been developed with support fro=
m Jisc and in partnership with university libraries, the BL and 
others.<u><=
/u><u></u></span></p>


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style=3D"color:#1d1b11"><br></s=
pan></p><p class=3D"MsoNormal"><span 
lang=3D"EN-US" style=3D"color:#1d1b11"=
>Best wishes<u></u><u></u></span></p>
<p class=3D"MsoNormal"><span lang=3D"EN-US" 
style=3D"color:#1d1b11">Neil<u>=
</u><u></u></span></p>
<p class=3D"MsoNormal"><span lang=3D"EN-US" 
style=3D"color:#1d1b11"><u></u>=
=A0<u></u></span></p>
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style=3D"text-align:center"><span=
 lang=3D"EN-US">
<hr size=3D"2" width=3D"100%" 
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<p class=3D"MsoNormal" 
style=3D"margin-bottom:12.0pt"><b><span 
lang=3D"EN-U=
S" 
style=3D"font-size:10.0pt;font-family:&quot;Tahoma&quot;,&quot;sans-seri=
f&quot;">From:</span></b><span 
lang=3D"EN-US" style=3D"font-size:10.0pt;fon=
t-family:&quot;Tahoma&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;"> 
Gould, Sara
<br>
<b>Sent:</b> 20 May 2013 14:39<br>
<b>To:</b> Gould, Sara<br>
<b>Subject:</b> Announcing a change to the EThOS Membership 
business model<=
/span><span 
lang=3D"EN-US"><u></u><u></u></span></p>
<div>
<div>
<div>
<p class=3D"MsoNormal"><span lang=3D"EN-US" 
style=3D"font-size:10.0pt;font-=
family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;">Dear 
colleague</span><span=
 lang=3D"EN-US" 
style=3D"font-size:10.0pt;font-family:&quot;Verdana&quot;,&=
quot;sans-serif&quot;">
</span><span 
style=3D"font-size:10.0pt;font-family:&quot;Verdana&quot;,&quo=
t;sans-serif&quot;"><u></u><u></u></span></p>
<p class=3D"MsoNormal"><span lang=3D"EN-US" 
style=3D"font-size:10.0pt">=A0<=
/span><u></u><u></u></p>
<p class=3D"MsoNormal"><span lang=3D"EN-US" 
style=3D"font-size:10.0pt;font-=
family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;">We 
are=A0pleased to announ=
ce a change to the current subscription-based business model for EThOS, the=
 E-Theses Online 
Service.</span><u></u><u></u></p>


<p class=3D"MsoNormal"><span lang=3D"EN-US" 
style=3D"font-size:10.0pt">=A0<=
/span><u></u><u></u></p>
<p class=3D"MsoNormal"><span lang=3D"EN-US" 
style=3D"font-size:10.0pt;font-=
family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;">The 
most immediate effect =
of the changed model=A0is the removal of the annual EThOS membership subscr=
iptions for participating institutions. The change will take
 effect on 1 August 2013, and=A0there will therefore=A0be=A0no=A0membership=
=A0subscriptions due=A0for this coming academic 
year.</span><u></u><u></u><=
/p>
<p class=3D"MsoNormal"><span lang=3D"EN-US" 
style=3D"font-size:10.0pt">=A0<=
/span><u></u><u></u></p>
<p class=3D"MsoNormal"><span lang=3D"EN-US" 
style=3D"font-size:10.0pt;font-=
family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;">In all 
other respects, the=
 EThOS service will continue as 
normal.</span><u></u><u></u></p>
<p class=3D"MsoNormal"><span lang=3D"EN-US" 
style=3D"font-size:10.0pt">=A0<=
/span><u></u><u></u></p>
<p class=3D"MsoNormal"><span lang=3D"EN-US" 
style=3D"font-size:10.0pt;font-=
family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;">The 
change will see EThOS =
move from its current subscription-based=A0model to become a permanent serv=
ice delivered and funded by the British 
Library.</span><u></u><u></u></p>


<p class=3D"MsoNormal"><span lang=3D"EN-US" 
style=3D"font-size:10.0pt">=A0<=
/span><u></u><u></u></p>
<p class=3D"MsoNormal"><b><span 
lang=3D"EN-US" style=3D"font-size:10.0pt;fo=
nt-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;">Summary of changes</spa=
n></b><u></u><u></u></p>
<p class=3D"MsoNormal"><span lang=3D"EN-US" 
style=3D"font-size:10.0pt;font-=
family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;">This 
exciting development =
introduces these simple 
changes:</span><u></u><u></u></p>
<p class=3D"MsoNormal"><span lang=3D"EN-US" 
style=3D"font-size:10.0pt">=A0<=
/span><u></u><u></u></p>
<ul style=3D"margin-top:0cm" type=3D"disc">
<li class=3D"MsoNormal"><span lang=3D"EN-US" 
style=3D"font-size:10.0pt;font=
-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;">Removes the annual subscr=
iption fee for all=A0institutions</span><span 
lang=3D"EN-US">
</span><span 
style=3D"font-size:10.0pt;font-family:&quot;Verdana&quot;,&quo=
t;sans-serif&quot;"><u></u><u></u></span></li><li class=3D"MsoNormal"><span=
 lang=3D"EN-US" 
style=3D"font-size:10.0pt;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&qu=
ot;sans-serif&quot;">Simplifies the business model by removing the 
two-tier=
 membership=A0structure</span><span lang=3D"EN-US">
</span><span 
style=3D"font-size:10.0pt;font-family:&quot;Verdana&quot;,&quo=
t;sans-serif&quot;"><u></u><u></u></span></li><li class=3D"MsoNormal"><span=
 lang=3D"EN-US" 
style=3D"font-size:10.0pt;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&qu=
ot;sans-serif&quot;">Changes the EThOS governance model to bring it 
in line=
 with all regular British Library services while preserving the collaborati=
ve=A0nature=A0of
 EThOS through continuation=A0of=A0an advisory board=A0representing constit=
uent interests of
<span style=3D"color:#1d1b11">UK </span>HE 
research.</span><span lang=3D"EN=
-US"> </span>
<span 
style=3D"font-size:10.0pt;font-family:&quot;Verdana&quot;,&quot;sans-=
serif&quot;"><u></u><u></u></span></li></ul>
<p class=3D"MsoNormal"><b><span 
lang=3D"EN-US" style=3D"font-size:10.0pt">=
=A0</span></b><u></u><u></u></p>
<p class=3D"MsoNormal"><b><span 
lang=3D"EN-US" style=3D"font-size:10.0pt;fo=
nt-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;">Benefits</span></b><u><=
/u><u></u></p>
<p class=3D"MsoNormal"><span lang=3D"EN-US" 
style=3D"font-size:10.0pt;font-=
family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;">We 
believe that the change=
 will deliver the following immediate 
benefits:</span><u></u><u></u></p>
<p class=3D"MsoNormal"><span lang=3D"EN-US" 
style=3D"font-size:10.0pt">=A0<=
/span><u></u><u></u></p>
<ul style=3D"margin-top:0cm" type=3D"disc">
<li class=3D"MsoNormal"><span lang=3D"EN-US" 
style=3D"font-size:10.0pt;font=
-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;">A 
cost saving for institu=
tions of up to =A32000=A0in=A0annual=A0subscriptions and up to =A3164,000 i=
n total for UK Higher Education</span><span 
lang=3D"EN-US">
</span><span 
style=3D"font-size:10.0pt;font-family:&quot;Verdana&quot;,&quo=
t;sans-serif&quot;"><u></u><u></u></span></li><li class=3D"MsoNormal"><span=
 lang=3D"EN-US" 
style=3D"font-size:10.0pt;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&qu=
ot;sans-serif&quot;">It will enable the British Library team 
to=A0focus on =
delivery of the EThOS service itself rather than on=A0implementation of sub=
scription
 membership</span><span lang=3D"EN-US"> 
</span><span style=3D"font-size:10.=
0pt;font-family:&quot;Verdana&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;"><u></u><u></u><=
/span></li><li class=3D"MsoNormal"><span 
lang=3D"EN-US" style=3D"font-size:=
10.0pt;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;">Delivery of=A0=
a single, simplified service to meet the needs of all researchers and insti=
tutions</span><span lang=3D"EN-US">
</span><span 
style=3D"font-size:10.0pt;font-family:&quot;Verdana&quot;,&quo=
t;sans-serif&quot;"><u></u><u></u></span></li><li class=3D"MsoNormal"><span=
 lang=3D"EN-US" 
style=3D"font-size:10.0pt;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&qu=
ot;sans-serif&quot;">A stable future for EThOS that does not depend 
on subs=
cription income</span><span lang=3D"EN-US">
</span><span 
style=3D"font-size:10.0pt;font-family:&quot;Verdana&quot;,&quo=
t;sans-serif&quot;"><u></u><u></u></span></li><li class=3D"MsoNormal"><span=
 lang=3D"EN-US" 
style=3D"font-size:10.0pt;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&qu=
ot;sans-serif&quot;">Ongoing delivery and development of the EThOS 
service =
with continuous improvement in quality and depth of service provision.</spa=
n><span lang=3D"EN-US">
</span><span 
style=3D"font-size:10.0pt;font-family:&quot;Verdana&quot;,&quo=
t;sans-serif&quot;"><u></u><u></u></span></li></ul>
<p class=3D"MsoNormal"><b><span 
lang=3D"EN-US" style=3D"font-size:10.0pt">=
=A0</span></b><u></u><u></u></p>
<p class=3D"MsoNormal"><b><span 
lang=3D"EN-US" style=3D"font-size:10.0pt;fo=
nt-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;">Next steps</span></b><u=
></u><u></u></p>
<p class=3D"MsoNormal"><span lang=3D"EN-US" 
style=3D"font-size:10.0pt;font-=
family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;">We 
will share further info=
rmation about this change over the next few weeks and months, including a r=
evised=A0MOU between institutions and the British Library to
 replace the current contractual Membership Agreement. This will be a simpl=
e document that will allow you to review and agree key features, principles=
 and mutual obligations enabling the continuation of 
EThOS.</span><u></u><u=
></u></p>


<p class=3D"MsoNormal"><span lang=3D"EN-US" 
style=3D"font-size:10.0pt">=A0<=
/span><span lang=3D"EN-US">
</span><span 
style=3D"font-size:10.0pt;font-family:&quot;Verdana&quot;,&quo=
t;sans-serif&quot;"><u></u><u></u></span></p>
<p class=3D"MsoNormal"><span lang=3D"EN-US" 
style=3D"font-size:10.0pt;font-=
family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;">Finally,=A0we would like=
=A0to reiterate that=A0EThOS continues to operate as usual - the on-going=
=A0service is not impacted by this change.=A0We welcome your comments and
 feedback, and look forward to hearing from 
you.=A0=A0</span><u></u><u></u>=
</p>
<p class=3D"MsoNormal"><span lang=3D"EN-US" 
style=3D"font-size:10.0pt">=A0<=
/span><u></u><u></u></p>
<p class=3D"MsoNormal"><span lang=3D"EN-US" 
style=3D"font-size:10.0pt;font-=
family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;">With 
very best wishes</spa=
n><u></u><u></u></p>
<p 
class=3D"MsoNormal">=A0<u></u><u></u></p>
<p class=3D"MsoNormal"><span lang=3D"EN-US" 
style=3D"font-size:10.0pt;font-=
family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;">Sara</span><u></u><u></u><=
/p>
</div>
</div>
</div>
<div>
<p 
class=3D"MsoNormal">=A0<u></u><u></u></p>
</div>
<p class=3D"MsoNormal"><span 
style=3D"font-size:10.0pt;font-family:&quot;Ar=
ial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;color:gray">Sara 
Gould</span><u></u><u></u=
></p>
<p class=3D"MsoNormal"><span 
style=3D"font-size:10.0pt;font-family:&quot;Ar=
ial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;color:gray">EThOS Service 
Manager</span><u=
></u><u></u></p>
<p class=3D"MsoNormal"><span 
style=3D"font-size:10.0pt;font-family:&quot;Ar=
ial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;color:gray">The British 
Library</span><u><=
/u><u></u></p>
<p class=3D"MsoNormal"><span 
style=3D"font-size:10.0pt;font-family:&quot;Ar=
ial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;color:gray">Boston 
Spa</span><u></u><u></u=
></p>
<p class=3D"MsoNormal"><span 
style=3D"font-size:10.0pt;font-family:&quot;Ar=
ial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;color:gray">LS23 
7BQ</span><u></u><u></u><=
/p>
<p 
class=3D"MsoNormal">=A0<u></u><u></u></p>
<p class=3D"MsoNormal"><span 
style=3D"font-size:10.0pt;font-family:&quot;Ar=
ial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;color:gray">T: 01937 
546123</span><u></u><=
u></u></p>
<p class=3D"MsoNormal"><span 
style=3D"font-size:10.0pt;font-family:&quot;Ar=
ial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;color:gray">M: 
07768467929</span><u></u><u=
></u></p>
<p class=3D"MsoNormal"><span 
style=3D"font-size:10.0pt;font-family:&quot;Ar=
ial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;color:gray"><a 
href=3D"mailto:sara.gould AT b=
l.uk" target=3D"_blank">sara.gould AT 
bl.uk</a></span><u></u><u></u></p>
<p class=3D"MsoNormal"><span 
style=3D"font-size:10.0pt;font-family:&quot;Ar=
ial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;"><a 
href=3D"http://ethos.bl.uk/" target=3D=
"_blank">http://ethos.bl.uk</a>
</span><u></u><u></u></p>
<div>
<p 
class=3D"MsoNormal"><br></p></div></div></div></div></div>

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