CDO Newsletter Autumn 2015

Keeping you informed and updated with news about our Consortium Directory Online.

Our team have been working hard updating existing and adding new records to the Consortium Directory Online. A few recent developments in the consortia world of note:

Emerald Group Publishing in deal with Ministry of Health Oman E-Library (MOH E-Library)

The Ministry of Health of the Sultanate of Oman has signed an agreement with Emerald Group Publishing to licence the Emerald Health and Social Care eJournal collection for the Ministry of Health E-Library. The MOH E-Library was established in May 2015 to provide healthcare staff and researchers in Ministry of Health hospitals, health centres, nursing institutes and other health institutions across Oman with access to health information resources currently licensed from 14 international publishers.

The MOH E-Library is a unique service among the Gulf states.

NES Knowledge Network partners with BMJ Publishing

NES Knowledge Network (National Health Service Education for Scotland Knowledge Services), a knowledge and information management platform providing NHS Scotland staff with access to e-learning portals and online information portals, agreed to subscribe BMJ Best Practice resources from BMJ Publishing.

NHS Scotland is the public health service of Scotland providing healthcare services for more than 5 million people and employing more than 140 000 staff. The NES Knowledge Network is, along with England’s NICE Evidence Services, the NHS Wales e-­library, and HONNI of Northern Ireland (see separate profiles), one of the UK’s four national health information projects licensing information resources for their respective national health service. All four services are listed in our database.

Kooperation E-Medien Österreich and Springer SBM agree combined subscription and Open Access Publishing deal

KEMÖ, the consortium of higher education libraries in Austria, has signed a three year contract with STM publisher Springer. Via the Compact deal consortium members not only gain reading rights for over 2000 journals, but also Open Access Publishing rights in more than 1600 Springer titles. Springer is currently finalizing similar deals in the UK and Germany.

New consortia added to CDO

There are now more than 470 consortia records on CDO. Our recent additions include:

  • Cuba: Red Nacional Universitaria del Ministerio de Educación Superior de Cuba
  • Jordan: Electronic Library of Medicine
  • Oman: Ministry of Health Oman E-Library
  • Spain: Biblioteca Virtual del Sistema Sanitario Público de Andalucía
  • United Kingdom: Health on the Net Northern Ireland; National Health Service Education for Scotland Knowledge Services; NHS Wales e-Library for Health
  • USA: Medical Libraries Consortium of Hawaii

As always, please feel free to voice your tips and suggestions about future CDO developments. You can email us at, or you can reach us via our feedback form. It provides you with a direct link to our team, so that you can raise log in issues, request checks on consortia you are intending to contact, or inform us about consortia missing from our directory.

You can also find us on Skype at ‘ringgoldinc’.  And keep an eye on our Twitter feed, where we regularly announce new additions to CDO.

Moritz Schick, CDO Editor.