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Re: [ccaomlcaom] library consortium

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  • Naomi Broering
    Consortium idea Sounds good. Reminder Re: grants, The government and other agencies only provide grants to non-profit institutions. Many of us willnot be
    Message 1 of 2 , Nov 26, 2008
      Consortium idea Sounds good. 
      Reminder Re: grants, The government and other agencies only provide grants to non-profit institutions.  Many of us willnot be eligible.
      Naomi Broering

      On 11/26/08, emd89bz <emd89bz@...> wrote:

      November 26, 2008

      From minutes of October meeting in Chicago, LCAOM.

      2. Possibility of forming local consortia to jointly purchase more
      expensive databases.
      Research and current awareness is vital to the mission of the
      libraries and some databases and services are quite expensive.  The
      idea of a consortium or collective library umbrella organization
      serving a number of separate libraries has been discussed earlier,
      but no serious plans are to date in place.
      The group came up with these initial goals for such a collective:
      *enhance sharing of hard copy journals by having each library take
      responsibility for one or two subscriptions and exchange full text by
      way of scanning, mail or fax.

      *institutional rate purchasing of for fee databases and online
      resources too expensive for individual libraries to support such as
      the COJ(Chinese Online JOurnals) from Wanfangdata.
      Of special interest is purchase of full text articles from PubMed.

      *purchase of access to medical libraries in the area on an
      institutional basis or for particular researchers.

      The consortium would be a part of the CCAOM organization and managed
      possibly by a committee selected from member libraries.
      An assessment paid to CCAOM from each member library would support
      the program with an established budget.
      Many of these details need to be worked out.
      RESOLVED by those present that this consortium effort will be pursued.

      Related item: a brief discussion that CCAOMLCAOM should revert to the
      older name LOOM. It was suggested that the LOOM designation could
      refer to the consortium.

      Further considerations:
      *the consortium would include libraries of oriental medicine, large
      and small.  The consortium should also attempt to link up with
      schools in China (Joanna Zhao at Five Branches University has
      connections to some schools).  The consortium could also look to
      linking up with nearby public and/or private universities, such as
      University of California Santa Cruz.  Thus the consortium would
      consist of a collective of libraries of oriental medicine, and become
      part of other established library consortia,

      *the primary focus of the consortium would be providing and sharing
      of current awareness materials, for example, journal holdings, online
      databases and full text research material.  While some consortia use
      their own computer platform as a basis for the internet based online
      resources, it would probably be less cumbersome to use web-based
      access and servers used by the online sources, such as EBSCOhost,
      Embase, etc.

      *At this time I do not envision the consortium very active in
      providing interlibrary loans of book or audio material.  To
      facilitate ILL transactions, one would ideally have a union catalog
      based on a single software provider.  Individual library catalogs are
      for the most part available online and the cost of moving all member
      libraries to an adequate library software package might be too
      expensive for smaller schools.  Cataloging data and assistance can be
      provided on a case by case basis through email communication via the
      Yahoo user group.

      *A new web page dedicated to the consortium would have to be built.
      It would provide an umbrella for member libraries and be a central
      point to link to available resources.

      *Governance of the consortium is open to discussion.  Usually there
      are several committees and groups involved, one of which would
      consist of a representative from each of the member libraries.  The
      need for paid staff devoted exclusively to consortium matters is
      unknown at this time.

      *Start up costs and funds for continual operation are unknown at
      present.  The consortium would operate under the umbrella of CCAOM.
      Would the parent organization provide some funding?  Assessments on
      member libraries are probably necessary, exact amounts to be
      determined.  There may be grant money available from either
      governmental or private sources, perhaps limited at the moment by the
      economic conditions.

      In another message I will provide a bibliography of relevant articles
      and more information.

      Jim Emdy


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