The ONEAL Project is excited to announce the launch of the Foundations learning module!


What is included in this learning module?


The Foundations module is an open educational resource that teaches best practices in negotiations, introduces contracts and licensing, and provides strategies for addressing accessibility when negotiating for e-resources. The curriculum includes 7 lessons with video lectures, readings, practical hands-on activities, and case studies to practice negotiations:


  • Introduction to the Curriculum
  • Contracts & Licensing
  • Introduction to Negotiations
  • Negotiation Planning Part 1 - Strategies
  • Negotiation Planning Part 2 - Internal Analysis
  • Negotiation Planning Part 3 - External Review (Vendor Research)
  • Issues: Accessibility


Learners can access and download materials through our partner’s website (SPARC). Versions of the materials are also available and are formatted so that MLS/MLIS instructors can integrate content into their learning management systems.


These resources are designed for both individual and/or group learning. Instructors and learners can choose what content they wish to engage with - whether it be a single lesson or the entire curriculum.


Curriculum Launch Webcast

On May 2nd at 1pm ET/10am PT, SPARC will host a one-hour webcast with the ONEAL Project team to discuss the newly launched Foundations curriculum. Katharine Macy, Scarlet Galvan, and Courtney Fuson will introduce the Foundations curriculum and discuss the project’s future, which includes deeper dives into strategies and issues such as AI, TDM, and privacy. Participants on the call will be invited to share their most pressing negotiation issues and ask questions. Registration is required and open to library workers at any institution.


Join the ONEAL Community!


Throughout the work of the ONEAL Project, we heard a need for community when learning about and executing negotiations. We have a moderated Discord community for library workers using the curriculum, and for practitioners seeking advice from others while tackling negotiations on the job.


Join the ONEAL Discord.


Interested in having the ONEAL Project come speak about this resource to your group?


We'd be happy to join your meeting virtually and speak about the project, the curriculum, and answer questions around negotiations. Email the project director (Katharine Macy [log in to unmask]) to schedule us for events in 2024.


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 to support teaching negotiation education within academic libraries and in Master of Library Science (MLS/MLIS) programs. These educational resources will teach negotiation theory and strategy using an academic library context of negotiating third-party content provider agreements.


This project is generously funded through an IMLS Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian grant.





Katharine, Scarlet, & Courtney
The ONEAL Project Team


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