Re: [ccaomlcaom] library consortium
- 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
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.
*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,
*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
In another message I will provide a bibliography of relevant articles
and more information.
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