April 16, 2014

Research Library Consortia Making “En Bloc” Purchases of Ebooks

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guest post today by Luke Swindler, Collections Management Officer at the University of North Carolina Libraries on the Oxford University Press blog  is part of a new series to celebrate the 10th birthday of Oxford Scholarship Online (OSO)

The post includes a mention about how two library consortia (MaRLI and TRLN) are making “en bloc” purchases of ebooks for their libraries.

Swindler Writes:

Libraries are also transforming their purchase of resources moving from title-by-title selection that characterized print book acquisition to en bloc acquisition of e-books. Within this context, OUP has fostered this trend by crafting consortial agreements with Manhattan Research Libraries (MaRLI) and Triangle Research Libraries Network (TRLN) to take advantage of the economics of wholesale e-books acquisitions, meaning these two library groups own all titles on OSO and OUP’s expanded University Press Scholarship Online (UPSO). In the case of UNC, which is a member of TRLN, this project has led to nearly nine thousand OUP e-books becoming available to faculty and students over the past 18 months.

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We first pointed to an article about this deal in a September 25, 2012 post where we also noted that Duke U. (a TRLN member) was making these ebooks available to their alumni.

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