We are looking for 20 academic library workers  willing to share their experiences negotiating with vendors through a 60-minute interview in spring 2023. 

The purpose of this study is to identify key themes around the experiences of academic library workers and negotiating with vendors including challenges, strategies, and tactics. The transcripts of these interviews will undergo qualitative analysis to identify themes. These will inform fictionalized case studies and scenarios for Open Negotiation Education for Academic Libraries (ONEAL) Project curriculum.  

What is the ONEAL Project?

The Open Negotiation Education for Academic Libraries (ONEAL) Project is a collaboration between Indiana University Purdue University - Indianapolis, Grand Valley State University, and Belmont University to develop curricula and open educational resources in support of negotiation education for academic libraries and Master of Library Science (MLS/MLIS) programs. These resources introduce negotiation theory and practical strategy using the academic library context of negotiating vendor agreements. 

The open curriculum will include introductions to critical issues in academic libraries as they intersect with contract negotiations such as user privacy, emerging access models, author rights, and computational collections research.  

The project team maintains a guide with more detailed information at

Who is sponsoring this work?

IMLS Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program grant

If you are interested, please complete this Qualtrics survey by Friday, February 24th. 

20 participants will be selected. The project team will choose applicants from a variety of backgrounds and experiences, working to ensure the inclusion of systemically excluded voices in academic libraries. If you’re selected, the project team will reach out by February 28, 2023 to schedule an interview. 

You will receive a $50 gift card after your interview as a thank you. 

If you would like to learn more: Study Information Sheet

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Katharine Macy, Scarlet Galvan, Courtney Fuson, & Brandy Roldan
ONEAL Project

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