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Director of Licensing Operations, SCELC Library Consortium

Biography

Jason S. Price is Director of Licensing Operations at the SCELC Library Consortium. He earned a doctorate in plant evolutionary ecology from Indiana University Bloomington where he gained in depth experience as a graduate student researcher and teacher and capped it off with a Masters in Library Science.  He thoroughly enjoys applying data analysis skills he developed during graduate school to current library challenges. During his 10 years as a librarian at The Claremont Colleges, he worked as Science & Electronic Resources Librarian, Interim Director of Information Technology, Collections and Acquisitions Manager, Assistant Director for Collection Services and finally Interim Director of the Library.  His role at SCELC provides opportunities to work with libraries, content and software providers, and other consortia to improve library products and expand resource access.  He has been publishing and speaking on electronic resource usage, discovery and access since 2005.

Education

       

Awards, Fellowships, Grants & Academic Honors

ALA | ALCTS Coutts Award for Innovation in EResource Management 2011  Press Release

Beta Phi Mu, International Library and Information Science Honor Society, 2004-

Merit Scholar, School of Library and Information Science, IU Bloomington, 2003

Davis Fellowship in Scientific Information; IU School of Library and Information Science, 2002

Floyd Final Year Fellowship; Department of Biology, IU Bloomington, 2001

Indiana Academy of Science Research Grants

  • The relationship between foliar rust infection and fitness in the flat-topped goldenrod,1998
  • Anther-style overlap and prior self-fertilization in Silene noctiflora, 1995

Indiana University Fellowship, College of Arts and Sciences; IU Bloomington, 1994

Dean's List; UC Santa Barbara, 1993

Experience

     

2006Present

SCELC Library Consortium

  • Contact: [email protected] / 310-728-6798
  • Director of Licensing Operations (Full-time, Sept 2014-
    • Oversee and develop offers and licensing operations across 100+ vendors and 300+ libraries as leader of a team of three professional staff
    • Negotiate and manage multi-year licenses with all major ejournal publishers, seeking to expand access and control costs for small and mid-size libraries
    • Assist with development and implementation of the SCELC strategic plan, providing ideation, analytics and management of solutions to ongoing and unexpected challenges in SCELC’s present and future
  • Program Manager (Full-time, Sept 2013 - Aug 2014)
    • Negotiate & communicate electronic resource purchase & subscription offers
    • Streamline licensing workflow and manage licenses covering 2500+ resources
    • Provide proactive management and negotiation of annual ejournal package renewals
    • Support SCELC programs including Shared Print, Callimachus Digital Library, etc.
  • Electronic Resource Analyst & Consultant (Jul 2012 - August 2013)
    • Analyze and negotiate support selected ejournal package renewals
    • Maintain e-resource package lists
    • Support consortial usage statistics portal use
  • Electronic Resource Analyst (Half-time, Aug 2011 - Jun 2012)
    • Negotiate pricing models for e-resource collections in many formats
    • Work with libraries on offers, pricing, access & payment issues
    • Co-develop consortial usage statistics harvesting & analysis tool
    • Develop management tool for ejournal package pricing and access terms
    • Explore feasibility of a private SCELC LOCKSS network to archive e-content 
  • Electronic Resource Analyst & Consultant (Sep 2006 - Jul 2011)
    • Consult on ejournal package offers and renewals
    • Develop a new journal package pricing model (now in use by many consortia and publishers)
    • Evaluate ebook aggregators and patron driven acquisition on multiple levels
    • Created and maintained consortial shared ejournal packages based on usage
    • Served as ex-officio member of the thrice-yearly SCELC Product Review Committee
20042013

Claremont Colleges Library (Claremont University Consortium)

  • Library Director (Interim, Jul 2012 - Jun 2013)
    • Work with a task force to define a new library governance model
    • Represent the Library on the Claremont Colleges Academic Deans Council
    • Facilitate hire of permanent Dean of the Library
    • Complete WASC interim accreditation report
    • Develop three year budget to integrate endowment proceeds into annual materials budget
  • Assistant Director, Collection Services (Sep 2012 - Aug 2013)
    • Responsible for Acquisitions, Cataloging & Collections departments
    • Oversee ongoing transformation of workflows and job roles
    • Support for cutting edge collection management plan & implementation
  • Assistant Director, Operations & Management (Half-time, Sep 2011 - Jun 2012)
    • Manage $10M library budget; library wide statistics and analyses
    • Serve as sciences collection librarian as well
  • Collections & Acquisitions Services Manager (May 2008 - Aug 2011)
    • Built & implemented an E-Resource Acquisition Tracking System
    • Developed a collection evaluation system to support collection management and faculty review of our entire subscription portfolio
    • Transformed a $5M collection budget
    • Consolidated responsibilities & redesigned workflow for 10 direct reports
  • Director of Information Technology (Interim, Apr 2007 - Apr 2008)
    • Recovered rapidly from a website SQL injection attack my first day (no fooling)
    • Hired four outstanding staff who are core members of the new team
    • Created extensive documentation site for IT Staff support
    • Accomplished transitions of ADUC, Exchange, helpdesk & backup system
    • Implemented significant infrastructure and hardware optimization improvements
    • Managed eight direct reports
19942003

Indiana University, Department of Biology

  • Life Sciences Library Intern (June 2001-Dec 2003)
    • Supported remote access, citation management software & current awareness tools
    • Provided instruction for graduate research lab groups and undergraduate lab courses

    • Adjunct Professor of biology (1998, 2000)
      • Co-developed and co-taught two new courses
        • Evolution & ecology of insects
        • Agricultural biotechnology
    • Associate Instructor (1994-2001)
      • Taught 12 lab courses: Biology (4), Ecology (1), Fungi (4), Microbiology (3)
      • Developed lab sessions, lead discussions, facilitated student design of experiments, helped students use primary literature and improve their scientific writing, developed review questions and sessions, wrote and graded exams

    E-Resource Discovery & Access

     

    Availability of Freely Available Articles From Gold, Green, Rogue, and Pirated Sources: how do library knowledge bases stack up? 2017.04.04 Electronic Resources & Libraries with Michael Levine-Clark and John McDonald. Audience: ~120 [abstract][slides]

    Access to Freely Available Journal Articles: Gold, Green, and Rogue Open Access Across the Disciplines. 2016.11.03 Michael Levine-Clark, John McDonald, and Jason Price,  (2016). Proceedings of the Charleston Library Conference. Plenary. Audience: ~150 [abstract][slides][transcript]

    Alternative avenues of Discovery: Competition or Potential. 2016.04.05 Electronic Resources & Libraries with Michael Levine-Clark and Ido Peled. Austin, Texas. Audience: ~100 [abstract][slides]

    Where do we go from here? Assessing the value and impact of discovery systems. 2015.10.05 NISO Forum: The future of library resource discovery. Baltimore, MD. Audience ~90 [slides]

    Discovery System Impact on Usage of Aggregator-Hosted Journal Content: Do Usage Patterns Suggest Favoritism? 2015.02.24 Electronic Resources & Libraries with Michael Levine-Clark and John McDonald. Austin, Texas.  Audience: ~8[abstract]

    Discovery or Displacement? A large scale longitudinal study of the effect of discovery service implementation on online journal usage.

    • The effect of discovery systems on online journal usage: a longitudinal study. Levine-Clark, M, McDonald, J and Price, J.S. 2014. Insights 27(3):249-256, [OA article] Cited by: 5+
    • Not always discovered: Phase two of a study of the effect of discovery systems on online (journal) usage. 2014.03.18 Electronic Resources & Libraries with Michael Levine-Clark and John McDonald. Austin, Texas. [abstract][slides] Audience: ~130
    • Research Insights: Behind the scenes on the making of a large scale discovery system study. SCELC Research Day, Loyola Marymount University. Los Angeles, CA. 2014.03.04 Audience: ~50
    • SCELC Colloquium with Michael Levine-Clark and John McDonald. Los Angeles, CA. 2014.03.05 [abstract] [slides] Audience: ~100
    • Plenary Session at the Charleston Conference with Michael Levine-Clark and John McDonald. Charleston, SC. 2013.11.07 [abstract] [slides] [video][transcript] Audience: ~750

    KBart: Knowledge Bases and Related Tools (2018-2013)

    • Update on emerging standards, guidelines, and recommendations... KBart and Demand Driven Acquisitions (DDA) best practices. Society for Scholarly Publishing, San Francisco. 2013.06.05 [slides]  Audience: ~25
    • Making E-serials Holdings Data Transferable: Applying the KBART Recommended Practice. Price JS and L Duggan. 2011.Serials Librarian 60:229-233. NASIG 2010.06.06 [slides][OA article] Cited by: 3+
    • KBart Update for LITA standards committee. ALA New Orleans, LA. 2011.06.25 [slides]

    • KBart Update: Release of the Phase I Recommended Practice —Panel: In the ‘Know’: E-Resource Knowledge Base Management and Standards, ALA Midwinter.Boston, MA. 2010.01.16 [slides]

    • KBart: Knowledge Bases and related tools: Improving openUrl effectiveness. Concurrent session. Electronic Resources & Libraries. Los Angeles, CA. 2009.02.11 [slides]

    • KBart: improving the supply of data to link resolvers and knowledge bases. ALA Annual NISO/BISG Forum. Anaheim, CA. 2008.06.27 [slides]

    Discovery tools & Oxford University Press content

    • Panelist, Oxford U Press. ALA New Orleans, LA. 2011.06.26 [slides]
    • Oxford U Press Advisory Board. Cary, NC. 2010.09.27 [slides]

    Rethinking linking: breathing new life into OpenURL. Trainor CA and JS Price. 2010.  Library Technology Reports 46(7), 35 pgs. [Report] cited by 29+

    Tracking Electronic Resource Acquisitions: using a helpdesk system to succeed where your ERMS failed. Arch X and JS Price. 2011. Pp. 437-449 in K. Strauch, B. Bernhardt, & L. Hines, eds. Charleston Conference Proceedings 2009. Against the Grain Press, Charleston, SC. [slides] [article] Cited by: 7+

    Innovation @ourLibrary: beta implementation of a unified web-scale discovery tool for library content. 2009.11.14 Springer Academic Library Advisory Board. San Francisco, CA. [slides]

    Making our MARC: Purchasing periodical MARC records from vendors. 2006.11 Panel presentation. Charleston Conference. Charleston, SC. [slides]

    E-Resource USAGE & COLLECTION ANALYSIS

      

    What's the Use? A symposium on usage statistics.  Consortium of Academic and Research Libraries in Illinois: CARLI. Keynote with John McDonald. Champaign, IL. 2013.03.25 [slides]

    Ebook Availability Revisited: A quantitative analysis of the 2012 aggregator marketplace. Concurrent Session. Charleston Conference. Charleston, SC. 2012.11.08 [abstract][slides]

    Pubget Paperstats

    • Saving time & money in the short(!) run...using Pubget Paperstats auto-harvested aggregated usage statistics to rapidly & responsibly trim a big deal. A penny saved is a penny spent, Panelist. Electronic Resources & Libraries. Austin, TX. 2012.04.03 [slides]
    • Slicing and Dicing: consortial Paperstats at SCELC w/ R. Burke. ALA NOLA. 2011.06.25 [slides]
    • PaperStats for Consortial Operations. SCELC Board. Los Angeles, CA. 2010.09.21 

    The evidence is in: Patron driven acquisition promotes collection use. An update to the Beguiled by bananas from 2009.11.05.  Plenary, SCELC Colloquium. Los Angeles, CA. 2011.03.02 [slides

    Collection evaluation using OCLC APIs. OCLC Management Team. Dublin, OH. 2010.09.24

    • Spiro L and G Henry. 2010. Can a new research library be all digital? p. 5-80 in The Idea of Order: Transforming Research Collections for 21st Century Scholarship. CLIR Publication 147. Cites and discusses interview and ebook aggregator and patron driven studies (the next 2 starred)

    *Beguiled by bananas: a retrospective study of the usage & breadth of patron vs. librarian acquired ebook collections. Price JS and JD McDonald. 2009. Pp. 135-144 in K. Strauch, B. Bernhardt, & L. Hinds, eds. Charleston Conference Proceedings 2009. Against the Grain Press: Charleston, SC. [slides] [OA article] Cited by: 22+

    Usage Factor vs. Impact Factor: A case study with BioOne Journals. BioOne Publishers and Partners annual meeting. Invited plenary. Washington, DC. 2009.04.16 [slides]

    *To supersede or supplement: profiling e-book aggregator collections versus our print collections (with John McDonald - CUC). Concurrent session, Charleston Conference. Charleston, SC. 2008.11.06 [slides]

    How many journals do we have? An alternative approach to journal collection evaluation through local 'cited article' analysis. Price JS. 2007. Serials 20(2):134-141. [OA Article] Cited by 12+

    Applying usage data to collection management in libraries & consortia. Better data, better business: Applying usage data in scholarly publishing [panel]. Invited speaker, Society for Scholarly Publishing. San Francisco, CA. 2007.06.06 [slides]

    Are they any use? Hazards of price per use comparisons in ejournal management. Invited plenary, UKSG: United Kingdom Serials Group. Warwick, England. 2007.04 [slides

    Usage statistics in ejournal collection management and consortial pricing. SCELC colloquium panel on Scholarly Communication. Los Angeles, CA. 2007.03.07 

    eJournal interface can influence usage statistics: Implications for libraries, publishers, and Project COUNTER. Davis PM and JS Price. 2006. Journal of the American Society of Information Science and Technology 57(9): 1243-1248. [Manuscript][Article] Cited by 85+

    • "However, a number of significant problems must be juxtaposed to the many advantages offered by online usage data. First, online usage can be biased by a myriad of interface characteristics (Davis & Price, 2006)." -- Cited by Bollen J and HVd Sompel. 2008. Usage impact factor: The effects of sample characteristics on usage-based impact metrics. Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology 59:136-149.

    Making the most of a "big deal": building a consortial shared list to reclaim title-by-title ejournal selection for libraries. Price JS. 2006. pp. 160-172 in Bernhardt BR, Daniels T, Steinle K, Strauch K, Eds. Charleston Conference Proceedings 2005. Libraries Unlimited: Westport, CT. [slides] [article] Cited by 2+

    Lies, damn lies, and use statistics: Does COUNTER help? Poster presentation. Biannual conference of the Association of College and Research Libraries. Minneapolis, MN. 2005.04 [poster

    LIBRARY PERSPECTIVES, CONSULTING & TEACHING

      

    Redesigning the Academic Library Materials Budget for the Digital Age: Applying the Power of Faceted Classification to Acquisitions Fund Management. Savova, M, and Price, J.S. Library Resources and Technical Services. [accepted manuscript]

    The Big Deal: Perspectives on All-Inclusive Models. Charleston Conference with Corey Halaychik, Wendy Allen Shelburne, Gracemary Smulewitz. 2017.11.08 Audience: ~80 [abstract][slides]

    Toward Ebook Strategy Development for ATLA Member Libraries American Theological Library Assoc. Annual Conference. Atlanta, GA. 2017.06.17 Attendance: ~20 [abstract] [slides]

    Dismantle your electronic resources fund: applying the power of faceted classification to materials budget management. Concurrent session. Electronic Resources & Libraries conference with Maria Savova. Austin, Texas. 2016.04.05 [abstract][slides]

    Does Your Budget Embrace the Electronic Era? Restructuring the Academic Library Materials Budget for Ongoing Acquisitions Evolution Savova, M. and Price, JS. The Acquisitions Institute at Timberline Lodge. 2015.05.19 [slides]

    Making Value Judgements: Ebook Pricing for Access and Ownership. Electronic Resources & Libraries with Michael Levine-Clark and Maria Savova. Austin, TX. 2015.02.23 [abstract][slides]

    11th Annual Librarian Focus Group. Society for Scholarly Publishing. National Academy of Sciences. Washington, DC. 2015.02.03 Audience ~ 50.

    Techniques for successful negotiation. Concurrent session. Electronic Resources & Libraries conference with Donna LaFollette for Rick Burke. Austin, Texas. 2014.03.17 [abstract][slides] Audience: ~60

    Backlist ebooks and the library market. Invited panelist. AAUP: American Association of University Presses Annual Conference, Boston, MA. 2013.06.21 [slides] Audience: ~75

    Ever Evolving Ebooks. Keynote address. SANLiC: South African National Library and information Consortium Bi-Annual Workshops. Muldersdrift, Johannesburg, South Africa. 2013.05.14 [schedule][slides] Audience: ~ 120

    Electronic resource negotiation & licensing. Pre-conference Workshop. SANLiC: South African National Library and information Consortium Bi-Annual Workshops. Muldersdrift, Johannesburg, South Africa. 2013.05.13 [schedule][slides] Participants: ~ 20

    Publisher journal portfolio growth. Lightning talk. OUP LAC Oxford University Press Library Advisory Council, Oxford, UK. 2013.05.09 [slides] Attendees: 14 librarians and 14 OUP staff.  

    Collection development and sales relationships. Panelist. SAGE Sales Meeting, San Diego, CA. 2012.01.12

    Platform Choice: Policies and Practice. Feick T, Price J, Macicak S, Brunning D. Charleston, SC. 2011.11 [OA Conference Proceeding Article

    Patron driven acquisition of publisher-hosted content: Bypassing DRM. Price JS. 2011. Against the Grain 23(3):16-18.  [Manuscript] [OA article] Cited by: 11+

    Choosing a library leader for 21st century library programs and services. To Vice President of Library and Information Technology Services search committee. Claremont Colleges. 2011.02.22 [slides]

    Springer Academic Ebook Summits

    • Panelist. Los Angeles, CA.2012.05.10
    • Keynote. Small school summit. Charleston, SC. 2011.11.03 [slides]
    • Panelist. Business model summit. San Diego, CA. 2011.01.07
    • Panelist. San Francisco, CA. 2010.04.01

    E-Everything: Putting it all together. Keynote respondent. Preconference, Charleston Conference. Charleston, SC. 2010.11.03

    Demand driven acquisition (w/ John McDonald). 2010.08.17 [mp3 audio interviewNo Shelf Required

    Impact of the future of library collections on the ideal(?) library organizational structure. Consultant, Electronic Resources & Libraries strategic planning retreat. Los Angeles, CA. 2010.08.09 

    Effects of co-publishing Evolution in BioOne in today’s journal marketplace. Consultant, Society for the Study of Evolution Executive Council. Evolution Meetings. Moscow, ID. 2009.06.12 [slides]

    Ten things Librarians don’t want to hear, but need to know. Panel Discussion with Dan Tonkery and Gordon Tibbets at the SCELC Colloquium. Los Angeles, CA. 2009.03 

    Trends in journal management and user behavior. Consultant, SAGE Management and Organizational Studies Editors. Academy of Management. Anaheim, CA. 2008.08.09  [slides]

    The Great (  )omission: Go out into all the world and acquire ebooks(?!) OR Things we need to know about ebooks that they didn’t tell us or haven’t figured out. Invited plenary, Christian College Librarians. Pepperdine University, Malibu, CA. 2008.05.29 [slides]

    E-journal ‘Big Deal’ price caps: Do they really benefit libraries? Concurrent session, Charleston Conference. Charleston, SC. 2006.11 [slides]

    Basic statistics for librarians. Preconference workshop (w/ John McDonald, Caltech). Charleston Conference. Charleston, SC. 2006.11 

    Using COUNTER statistics. Managing electronic collections workshop. Invited speaker,  NISO Solutions ForumDenver, CO. 2006.09.28 [slides]

    Where I get off telling you where you should publish: Open access, NIH public access policy, and ‘green’ journals can affect journal article impact. Howard Hughes Medical Institute Summer Research Seminar Series. Claremont Colleges, CA. 2006.07 [slides]

    Dissertation Research: Evolutionary Ecology of Disease Resistance

    Price JS. 2003. The potential for evolution of resistance to leaf rust (Coleosporium asterum) in a clonal perennial herb (Euthamia graminifolia). Indiana University, Bloomington. [Full dissertation]

      

    EVOLUTIONARY ECOLOGY: Research & Teaching

    Price JS, Fiske CB, Gall MD, Ochiagha CJ and NJ Karnovsky.  Differences between two species of woodrat in usage of coastal sage scrub habitat. (Unpublished manuscript)

    2011.09.09 Biological diversity: the molecular re-analysis. Guest lecture. Intro biology (Keck Science). [slides

    2011.03.23 Sea turtle population matrix models. Guest lecture. Intro ecology & evolution (Pomona College). [slides

    Price JS. 2004. Biology of Seeds: Recent Research Advances. Quarterly Review of Biology 79(4): 429. [book review]

    Price JS, Bever JD and K Clay. 2004.  Genotype, environment, and genotype by environment interactions determine quantitative resistance to leaf rust (Coleosporium asterum) in flat-topped goldenrod (Euthamia graminifolia). New Phytologist 162(3): 729-743. [Article] Cited by 33+

    Pan JJ and J Price. 2001. Fitness and evolution in clonal plants: the impact of clonal growth.  Evolutionary Ecology 15(4-6): 583-600. [manuscript] [article] Cited by 129+

    • "Shifts in the frequency of genotypes over time (termed genotypic selection by Pan & Price 2001) determine spatio-temporal patterns of within-species diversity in plant populations, which in turn can have wide-ranging effects on community structure and ecosystem functioning." - cited by Stuefer JF, Anten NR, de Kroon H, Peters JL, Smit-Tiekstra A, Vermeulen PJ & During HJ. 2009. Genotypic selection shapes patterns of within-species diversity in experimental plant populations. Journal of Ecology 97(5), 1020 -1027.