ACTA Board Apologizes For Confusion

With questions from members continuing, the Executive of ACTA’s Board of Directors has issued a statement to “resolve any further misunderstandings” surrounding its Consortia Partner Program.

In the statement, ACTA Board Chair, Mary Jane Hiebert (seen in the photo) writes: “Over the last several days, a number of questions continue to be raised regarding the recently announced ACTA Consortia Partner Program. While the ACTA team has been working diligently to respond to these questions, some confusion remains. The ACTA Board Executive felt compelled to clearly address these items with a hope to resolve any further misunderstandings regarding the program.”

The statement address the three issues that have raised members’ concerns about the association’s Consortia Partner Program, and they include:

  • Program Exclusivity — “There is not and never will be exclusivity in the program. Any prior statements claiming so were not accurate or approved by ACTA.”
  • ACTA Discounts — “Any discounts provided on ACTA membership fees must be paid by the Consortia. ACTA will not subsidize any such financial incentives.”
  • Participation — “Although newly formed and still being finalized, the Consortia program is equally available to all ACTA members. ACTA would welcome discussions with all interested parties.”

Hiebert states that: “As Chair, and on behalf of the Board Executive, I want to apologize to our ACTA members, partners and trade press for any confusion the launch of this program may have caused over the last several days.”

And Hiebert concludes: “ACTA prides itself on equality, integrity and respect for all Association stakeholders and are hopeful this communication dispels any previous miscommunication regarding the program.”