The role of consortia in electronic resources subscriptions

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The role of consortia in electronic resources subscriptions

  1. 1. The Role of Consortia in Electronic Resources Subscriptions & Licensing Portland State University Library’s Perspective
  2. 2. Alliance ER Purchases • PSUL uses the Alliance electronic resource purchasing program for a third of databases purchased • PSUL has 3 journal package deals through the Alliance and 1 journal package outside the Alliance • We are currently only using the Alliance demand- driven acquisition model
  3. 3. Alliance ER Costs • PSUL purchases 15% of our core budget for databases & general resources via the Alliance • PSUL purchases over 50% of our total cost of journal packages on Alliance deals • PSUL saves over a million dollars on both databases & electronic journal access
  4. 4. Evaluation of Alliance Participation • Complicates PSUL’s collection decision-making • Pre-sets both purchasing dates & invoice dates • Uptake on new resources moves slowly
  5. 5. Evaluation of Alliance Participation • Provides PSUL the ability to leverage our budget to purchase more resources • Provides PSUL with the ability to purchase in- demand resources • Provides PSUL with the opportunity to test resources/services
  6. 6. In Conclusion • Participation in the Alliance electronic resources purchasing program is advantageous • Additional workflow steps and management are incorporated • Collaboration is key for PSUL going forward

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