Library Consortium Management: An International Journal

ISSN: 1466-2760

Article publication date: 1 February 2000



Hirshon, A. (2000), "Editorial", Library Consortium Management: An International Journal, Vol. 2 No. 1. https://doi.org/10.1108/lcmij.2000.24702aaa.001



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This issue brings together three articles about working with library consortia from the perspective of the publisher and vendor community.

In "Fitting the pieces together: selling to regional networks, consortia and libraries," James Hurtt shares his experiences as a publisher who has worked extensively with consortia to develop both single-consortium and national deals. As the National Sales Manager for Grove's Dictionaries, Hurtt has most recently been working with Amigos, a regional library network in the United States, to bring together a national offering for a new online version of a popular Grove's product.

John Cox, in his article "Developing model licenses for electronic resources: cooperation in a competitive world," describes the process and his work-in-progress in this important field. Using the work products that Cox has developed and made available at no cost on the Web can help all parties involved to reduce greatly the time that it takes to negotiate a license.

In "NESLI: a successful national consortium," Robert Bley, describes the The National Electronic Site Licence Initiative (NESLI) in the United Kingdom from his perspective as the NESLI Managing Agent for Swets Blackwell. This important national initiative has received significant attention since it first was announced. Readers of this journal will want to contrast the observations about NESLI made by Bley with those of Rollo Turner in his article "National site licensing and consortia purchasing," which appeared in Volume 1 Number 1 of LCM:IJ.

The column "In Plain Cite," by Marilyn Geller and Jan Peterson, once again brings to LCM:IJ readers more descriptions about Web sites that should be of interest to all consortium managers, and the librarians, publishers and vendors who work with consortia. This instalment includes descriptions of "Library Consortia Documents Online," "Jake," "The Open Archives Initiative," "Trading Partners Agreement Markup Language," and "For a Competitive Information and Technology Economy."

Arnold HirshonEditor

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