The Power of Library Consortia: How Publishers and Libraries Can Successfully Negotiate


This session will examine the role and powers of the modern library consortium. Content and systems providers are aware of the need to successfully address consortia demands, but may not be as aware of the importance of collaboration with such groups. Consortia may be set up to satisfy different needs or achieve specific goals in areas such as licensing of content or technological support. Regional or statewide consortia can offer publishers significant insights into what may be expected in a forthcoming fiscal year or the flaws in a proposed business model. The session is intended to foster engagement as well as understanding between supplier and buyer.

Confirmed Speakers Include:

  • Emily Farrell, Library Sales Executive, MIT Press
  • Jill Grogg, Licensing Program Strategist, LYRASIS
  • Jill Morris, Executive Director, PALCI

This webinar is part of a NISO/NASIG Joint Webinar Series!

Event Sessions

Publishers Navigating the Consortium Universe


Most publishers, no matter the size, work with consortium, maneuvering through myriad permutations and possibilities in the process. In this portion of the webinar, I will discuss consortium from the publishers’ perspective. I will touch on some of the drivers for publishers in working with consortium and the ways good consortia relationships help publishers better understand their markets. For university presses, like the MIT Press, consortium offer greater reach to a larger collection of institutions, among others benefits. But publishers also face risks and challenges in choosing to work through a consortia, rather than directly with individual libraries. With both positives and difficulties, open dialogue between libraries and publishers can help to improve and innovate in the consortium universe.


Strategies for Cross-Boundary Consortial Collaboration


In the United States, there are many different types of consortia, and most libraries belong to multiple consortia. Familiar group licensing of e-content co-exists in an ever-changing landscape of open content and infrastructure. This presentation will explore how libraries and consortia can leverage their relationships for increased impact in a continually evolving scholarly communication ecosystem.


Libraries Redefining Sharing in an Increasingly Complex Consortium Environment


The PALCI Consortium, 69 academic and research libraries in PA, NY, NJ and WV, has historically focused its efforts on the support of its well-known and highly regarded E-ZBorrow program, an unmediated ILL resource sharing software and network, which facilitates quick regional delivery of returnable monographs. In a modern environment where there has been a decline in the purchase of "sharable" print items and an increase in electronic purchasing, regional consortia like PALCI have a strong role to play in redefining together with publishers what it means to share through its collaborative licensing programs. PALCI Executive Director Jill Morris will describe the consortium's strategy to leverage existing commitments of its "anchor" institutions to increase access for all, and the way in which she is working with libraries and publishers and content providers to address today's challenges for this diverse group of academic libraries.



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