32nd Annual Charleston Conference Issues in Book and Serial Acquisition
Friday, November 9 • 12:45pm - 2:00pm
Inter-Consortial Licensing (ICL): Ramping up Cooperation for Win-Win Results

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Consortial licensing has become a well-developed library technique to get more value for the dollar spent, expand access to resources, and control price increases more fully than can be achieved by individual libraries. Consortial licensing has matured and increasingly offers diminishing returns for both libraries and publishers. Furthermore, surveys show that these days consortia are often negotiating with the same publishers for the same resources, sometimes with overlapping memberships. Now there is a growing movement to extend the benefits of consortial licensing through coordinated INTER-consortial licensing (ICL). This is a technique not yet widely exploited beyond the coordinated effort of the late 1990’s, when Lexis-Nexis Academic was introduced in the US marketplace. ICL has been on the agenda of the past two ICOLC (International Coalition of Library Consortia) meetings, as interest in this concept grows. Using the recent inter-consortial licensing efforts spearheaded by CRL and LYRASIS, we will examine the pros, cons, landmines, and limitations of inter-consortial licensing and engage the audience in discussion the potential prospects and benefits for both libraries and publishers. Our objective is to stimulate creative thinking and discussion among consortia, libraries, and publishers on how to use ICL for better win-win results: expanding access to resources through more attractive pricing, while rewarding publishers’ financial bottom line. To date, CRL has spearheaded the ICL effort behind Gale’s Nineteenth Century Collection Online and Bloomsbury’s Churchill Archive, and LYRASIS has spearheaded ICL efforts for Ambrose Video, PrivCo, and Project Muse e-books on behalf of ARL and its libraries and consortia in general.

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Ann Okerson

Senior Advisor, Center for Research Libraries
Throughout my work at the Yale University Library and also the Center for Research Libraries, the opportunities and challenges facing international librarianship have had a compelling interest for me.  For 25 years, I've also worked on these issues through participation in IFLA (the... Read More →

Tom Sanville

Sr Director, Licensing and Strategic Partnerships, LYRASIS
He has been with LYRASIS as Sr Director, Library Services since April 2010, responsible for overseeing the evolution and management of relationships with all third-party information vendors and the development of digitization and technology-based services.  He is active in the development... Read More →

Friday November 9, 2012 12:45pm - 2:00pm EST
Francis Marion Carolina Ballroom 387 King Street, Charleston, SC 29403