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Everything SPARC does as a membership organization is designed to support our library members and their ability to deal with the most pressing challenges they face in the areas where we have the most expertise. As this COVID-19 crisis has unfolded, the entire SPARC team has been reaching out to our members, listening to what each library is facing, and working together to build a deeper understanding of our new collective operating reality. We’re using what we’re hearing to target the places where SPARC is uniquely positioned to help. For more on SPARC’s work related to the pandemic, see our blog post here.

COVID-Related SPARC Program Priorities

Because SPARC is designed to be agile, we’re able to review programming priorities and shift supporting resources quickly to best serve our members. Fortunately, the priority areas that we identified earlier this year track closely with what we are hearing from our members as key needs, including:

SPARC Resources to Support Members in Their Response to COVID-19

SPARC will continue to actively support our members as they adjust to new operating realities in response to COVID-19.  As new materials are developed in the coming weeks, we will list them here for easy reference. 

  • SPARC Language for Responding to Publisher Offers Related to COVID-19: This short response template provides language for libraries to ask publishers for details about duration of access, authentication, and price transparency.
  • SPARC Negotiation Community of Practice: If you would like to join our SPARC Negotiation Community of Practice, please contact Caitlin Carter at [email protected]. We will keep the wider SPARC membership informed about our negotiation work that intersects with COVID-19. Joining the community of practice is an opportunity to get more involved in these conversations, ask the questions you find are most pressing, and contribute your experience to support other institutions.

Suggestions for SPARC COVID-19 Support

If you have suggestions for types of support that you would find helpful as your institution navigates the impact from COVID-19, we would appreciate your feedback via email to [email protected]

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