CDO Newsletter Autumn 2016

International consortia news from Ringgold’s CDO Team

Bibsam Consortium agrees open access publishing deal with Springer

Bibsam, the consortium of universities and research centres in Sweden, has negotiated an agreement with Springer, which combines traditional reading access rights with open access publishing rights in a single payment. Until the end of December 2018, members will be able to access more than 2000 journals. In addition, researchers from over 30 members gain the right to publish via the open access system in more than 1650 journals.

An increasing number of European consortia have started to negotiate publisher deals which combine the traditional licensing of resources with open access publishing rights. For example, UKB, the consortium of university libraries in the Netherlands, has joined forces with VSNU, the powerful lobbying association of 14 research-focused Dutch universities, and agreed deals with Elsevier, Sage, Springer, Wiley, Taylor & Francis, and the American Chemical Society.  In addition, SURF, the consortium of Dutch higher education, research and third sector organisations, is currently in talks with around 45 publishers about modifying existing contracts with universities in order to include open access publishing rights. Other European consortia with combined agreements are KEMÖ (Austria), JISC (UK), and the German Max Planck Society (MPDL).

GOPORTIS latest member of GASCO

GOPORTIS, the alliance of three German national subject libraries (the German National Library of Economics, the German National Library of Medicine, and the German National Library of Science and Technology) has joined GASCO, the consortium of consortia in Austria, Germany, and Switzerland.

Pooling the expertise of the staff of its member libraries, GOPORTIS has developed over the last few years into a key player in Germany’s fragmented consortial landscape. It licenses resources not only in behalf of its members, but also acts as a licensing agent for other consortia in Germany.

JUSTICE increases membership

Five new members have joined JUSTICE, Japan’s largest academic library consortium: Hijiyama University, Kyushu International University, Shijonawate Gakuen University, Shubun University, and Tokyo Union Theological Seminary.

New consortia added to CDO

There are now 488 consortia records in the directory. Our recent additions include:

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Moritz Schick, CDO Editor.