CDO Newsletter Summer 2015

CONRICyT plans to expand its pool of licensed resources and vendors in 2016

The Consorcio Nacional de Recursos de Informacion Cientifica y Tecnologica, a Mexican consortium predominantly specializing in the purchase of STM resources for almost 500 universities, research centres, and government agencies in the country, has been rapidly increasing its range of subscriptions since its foundation in 2010. Starting out with only 8 packages in 2010 it is now licensing 94 collections from more than 40 publishers. And it has already drawn up for 2016 an extensive target list of potential new resources and vendors. This makes CONRICyT currently one of the most active consortia worldwide.

WALDO and ASERL in deal with Third Iron

The Westchester Academic Library Directors Organization has announced an agreement with Third Iron offering its members significantly discounted subscriptions to BrowZine, a research tool to search scholarly journals. BrownZine has recently also been licensed by the Association of Southeastern Research Libraries (ASERL).

Konsortium Baden-Württemberg in agreement with Elsevier

Konsortium BW, a German regional consortium representing 52 higher education institutions, has signed a three-year contract with Elsevier providing its members with access to a collection of 2500 electronic journals (including The Lancet). The agreement is considered to be a model contract for all German regional consortia representing academic libraries.

New consortia added to CDO

There are now almost 470 consortia records on CDO, recent additions include:

  • Bolivia: Viceministerio de Ciencia y Tecnologia Bibliotecas Virtuales PERii
  • Croatia: Centar za Online Baze Podataka
  • Democratic Republic of Congo: Le Consortium des Bibliothèques Académiques du Congo (COBAC)
  • Honduras: Red Nacional de Bibiotecas Universitarias (AURE@)
  • Italy: Gruppo di Coordinamento per lAccesso alle Risorse Elettroniche (CARE)
  • Macau: Macau Academic Library Alliance (MALA)
  • USA: Innovation Experts Inc (InEX) & Reaching Across Illinois Library System (RAILS)

As always, please feel free to send us your tips and suggestions about future CDO developments. You can email us at, or you can reach us via our CDO feedback form. It provides you with a direct link to our CDO 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 announce new consortia additions.

Moritz Schick, CDO Editor.