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Electronic Resources Australia: a national approach to purchasing

Electronic Resources Australia: a national approach to purchasing Purpose – The purpose of the paper is to provide information and analysis of a national purchasing consortium for Australian libraries, Electronic Resources Australia (ERA). Design/methodology/approach – The paper outlines the political and library community factors, which influenced the development of a national approach to purchasing. It outlines the needs of users as expressed to a parliamentary inquiry, the four‐year national consultation and results of the first two years of operation of the consortium. Findings – ERA now provides access to quality online resources for approximately 8.5 million Australians. The work has led to careful consideration of issues including subscription periods, governance, funding models, “best price” and collaboration with vendors for marketing and promotion. Further work needs to continue on marketing and product range to ensure the long‐term success of the consortium. Research limitations/implications – While a comparison is made with the New Zealand model, EPIC, comparisons are not made with other consortia models. Practical implications – Key issues in consultation could be applicable to library sector or national collaboration. Originality/value – The paper provides insight into a model for which very detailed policy and practical development was required. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Library Management Emerald Publishing

Electronic Resources Australia: a national approach to purchasing

Library Management , Volume 30 (6/7): 10 – Jul 24, 2009

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Publisher
Emerald Publishing
Copyright
Copyright © 2009 Emerald Group Publishing Limited. All rights reserved.
ISSN
0143-5124
DOI
10.1108/01435120910982131
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Abstract

Purpose – The purpose of the paper is to provide information and analysis of a national purchasing consortium for Australian libraries, Electronic Resources Australia (ERA). Design/methodology/approach – The paper outlines the political and library community factors, which influenced the development of a national approach to purchasing. It outlines the needs of users as expressed to a parliamentary inquiry, the four‐year national consultation and results of the first two years of operation of the consortium. Findings – ERA now provides access to quality online resources for approximately 8.5 million Australians. The work has led to careful consideration of issues including subscription periods, governance, funding models, “best price” and collaboration with vendors for marketing and promotion. Further work needs to continue on marketing and product range to ensure the long‐term success of the consortium. Research limitations/implications – While a comparison is made with the New Zealand model, EPIC, comparisons are not made with other consortia models. Practical implications – Key issues in consultation could be applicable to library sector or national collaboration. Originality/value – The paper provides insight into a model for which very detailed policy and practical development was required.

Journal

Library ManagementEmerald Publishing

Published: Jul 24, 2009

Keywords: Purchasing groups; Electronic document delivery; Australia

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