INASP have worked for a number of years in building access to research and scholarly information via electronic information resources and online journals. An important aspect of this has been developing the local organisational capacity of libraries to provide information services that deliver these resources. Library consortia have played a key role in this.
This case study looks at different library consortia cost sharing models that are employed in our partner countries. The examples provided here show both the model and how it has been applied. If the model used no longer suits the consortium they may adopt a new one, adapt an old one or revert to a previously used approach as it grows and changes over time. Being aware of the range of approaches that are available is useful for when considering a change and when forming a new consortium.
Farrow, E. We are all in this together: Library consortia cost sharing models. International Network for the Availability of Scientific Publications (INASP), Oxford, UK (2011) 4 pp.