More publishers, more content, more savings. We've launched the second wave of our pilot which last year saved participating libraries £127,000 on purchasing digital archival collections.
EBSCO is the final publisher to join forces with Adam Matthew Digital, Brill, and ProQuest, to be part of our innovative group-purchasing pilot. The second phase of the pilot provides libraries with reduced cost bundles of over 70 primary source collections across the four publishers for libraries to choose from.
Phase one of the pilot saw 20 higher education institutions purchasing 29 products from across the three publishers. The collective purchasing power of the participating institutions, which leverages higher discounts from publishers, saved the sector just over 25% off the list price. Publishers also worked with new libraries that they hadn’t engaged with before, sharing their arts and humanities digital archival collections at a reduced cost.
The second wave of the pilot will continue to adopt a coordinated and transparent approach to the acquisition of digital archival primary source collections. Resources have been selected to meet the research and teaching needs of the UK higher education (HE) community – including librarians, faculty, and students. Institutions can easily compare products on offer, and all titles are a one off purchase with no recurrent platform/hosting fee.
Karen Colbron, digital content manager at Jisc said:
“The second phase of the pilot has come into play following demand from our members. The initial pilot was set up as a response to our members wanting more support for an efficient, coordinated and transparent approach to the acquisition of digital archival collections and to tackle the issue of expensive recurrent platform fees.
We’re thrilled that EBSCO have joined Adam Matthew Digital, Brill, and ProQuest to take part in the next stage of the pilot, which we hope will secure even more savings for the sector.”
Eleanor Craig, content delivery and access librarian at the University of Sussex said:
“Being part of the Jisc group purchasing pilot was a very positive experience. It was good to know that negotiations were being done on our behalf by people we trusted, for resources we were interested in buying.”
Neil Davies, content acquisition manager, Durham University Library said:
“The Jisc group purchasing pilot gave us transparency in pricing and a promise of no ongoing charges for archival collections when planning our end-of-year spend for 2016/17. We look forward to participating in the expanded scheme in 2017/18.”
Find out more about the pilot on the digital archival collections group purchasing pilot project page.