Coutts Award for Innovation in Electronic Resources Management

About the Coutts Award for Innovation in Electronic Resources Management
The award will be given to recognize the contribution of an individual who has demonstrated innovation and excellence in the practice of electronic collection management and development.

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2013 Winner(s)

Angela Carreño

Head of collection development at New York University (NYU)

Carreño has demonstrated innovation through her creative leadership by developing and implementing models for the selection, management and integration of electronic books (e-books).  Her successful negotiations began almost a decade ago and they have evolved to include developing partnerships on multiple levels, beginning at her home institution with other local external institutions, to consortia and then globally with vendors and publishers to make e-books accessible and attainable economically. 

In 2005, she orchestrated a cooperative relationship between an approval vendor and the library’s e-book platform vendor for viewing e-content on one platform.  She went on to negotiate a consortia e-book model license agreement involving a University Press, NYU, Columbia University and the New York Public Library that not only allowed access to e-books, but also provided paper copies.  She went on to work with a Latin American vendor and publisher to facilitate the development of a pilot for licensing its e-book content through an e-book vendor, which facilitated the transition to the e-format and its integration into the acquisitions programs of other U.S. libraries. In another partnership, a joint license was established with a vendor to expand e-content access between large and small academic institutions allowing the smaller institution access to electronic resources that was otherwise unaffordable.  Recently in 2012, Ms. Carreño chaired the NorthEast Research Library consortium (NERL) and led its RFP (Request for Proposals) for a new partner, host and governance model.